Can Obamacare Improve Patient Safety? Tort Reform Hasn't

The goal of Obamacare is to make healthcare available to everyone. Access and affordability are the keywords that come up in any internet search. Implicit in that promise is "quality" care. Unfortunately, the quest for improved patient safety has been subsumed in the din of partisan bickering. And that, sadly, is dangerous for everyone, as the incidence of avoidable fatal medical errors seems to be going up. Most studies estimate there are at least 400,000 avoidable deaths annually. Some put the total at over one million.

Whether that is the result of more carelessness or more precise measurements is unclear. What is clear is that patient safety has not just taken a backseat to assigning blame for Healthcare.gov's website debacle; it has been relegated to the deep recesses of the healthcare garage.

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