Any time people talk about rising healthcare costs, the conversation often turns into a debate about tort reform. On one side of the argument are those who believe doctors need to be held accountable when they make mistakes. After all, how can victims of medical malpractice be expected to move forward with their lives if they are unable to seek damages for their injuries?
When we go to the hospital with a medical emergency, we expect that the doctors working there will be able to at least figure out what is causing our medical problems. Unfortunately, we may be expecting too much.
Over the last several years, few industries have experienced as many advancements and breakthroughs as healthcare -- everything from new medications to state-of-the-art surgical and diagnostic tools.
Even though we trust our doctors and other medical professionals to get things right, the reality is that they make mistakes just like everyone else. However, there is one very big difference between medical mistakes made by doctors and mistakes made by everyone else: medical mistakes can cost people their lives.
According to statistics reported by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women in the United States will eventually face a breast cancer diagnosis at some point in her lifetime.