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Every year, one in 14 doctors in America will be sued for malpractice. Most lawsuits will be dismissed, or resolved in favor of the doctor; but the cost of insuring against such suits can be huge. And. correspondent William Brangham travels to Denmark, where medical disputes are settled by experts without ever going to court.
As Congress continues its battle over the budget deficit, policy-makers are turning their attention to one of the largest driving forces behind the nation’s debt – government health care spending. The focus of the health care reform debate has shifted in recent years from access to cost, and recent studies suggest that a third of all health care expenditures are unnecessary.
Karla Murthy reports from California about one family that is dealing with the emotional and financial stresses of caring for a chronically ill parent for many years. Anchor Scott Simon interviews Robyn Stone (former Deputy Asst. Secretary for Disability, Aging & Long-Term Care Policy under President Clinton). A Rhode Island program that is paying family members to care for their loved ones.
Many people expected ER visits to drop sharply after 2006 health reform in Massachusetts, once people had better access to primary care. But that hasn’t happened. Peter Smulowitz, M.D., of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center says his latest research shows ER visits actually increased in the years immediately following reform.
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