Fault/no fault part 2: uneasy bedfellows

Silversides, Ann
August 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;8/26/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 5, p407
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the patient safety movement, which aims to reduce medical malpractice, and the tort system, in which patients who have suffered harm must launch lawsuits and prove fault to be able to receive compensation. It states that the patient safety movement has been gathering steam ever since the 1999 publication of the report "To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System," by the U.S. Institute of Medicine. To many observers, the rise of the movement offers a fresh principle to consider enforcing no-fault systems of compensation. Others, however, point to tort reform to address patient safety issues.


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