We have previously written that delayed medical care can be incredibly detrimental to a patient's health, especially during an emergency. In February, we wrote about a family who had taken their 2-year-old girl into the emergency room with symptoms of a serious illness.
Several of our previous posts have focused on the problem of pill-mill doctors who dispense prescriptions for strong painkillers with little regard for patient safety or the law. Ohio has had a significant problem with these pill mills, resulting in numerous deaths from prescription drug overdose.
For expecting mothers, experiencing a miscarriage is often a traumatic event. But how much worse would it be to terminate a healthy pregnancy because the doctor mistakenly thought the mother had miscarried?
Birth injuries or complications during delivery are some of the most heartbreaking scenarios for patients and hospital staff to experience. That's why competent perinatal care is so important.
We have previously written that prescription errors can occur at any step in the process. Many drugs have similar-sounding names, and doctors and pharmacists can prescribe or dispense the wrong drug if they are in a hurry or fail to pay attention.
Earlier this week, we began a discussion about an effective strategy for lowering the costs of healthcare. Tort reform advocates blame medical malpractice lawsuits for driving up the costs of healthcare, while others say that universal healthcare is necessary in order to bring down prices.
When it comes to discussion about tort reform and universal healthcare, much of the conversation is focused on lowering the costs of medicine in the US. Tort reform has a contentious history here in Ohio, and President Obama's healthcare reform efforts have been challenged nationally since they were originally passed.
Earlier this week, we wrote that a doctor's failure to diagnose a patient's disease in a timely fashion can result in reduced quality of life and even death. Many people living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia are not diagnosed for their ailments until the disease is in its advanced stages, a study sponsored by a patient advocacy group discovered.
Patients rely on their doctors to catch medical abnormalities and diagnose serious conditions as soon as possible. If physicians wait too long to say something, their failure to diagnose a condition can result in a patient's death.
There is a widespread belief among the medical community that the threat of a medical malpractice lawsuit causes many doctors to order unnecessary tests and procedures. We have previously written about so-called "defensive medicine," and some blame the practice for driving up the costs of health care.