Medical malpractice can have long-term consequences for patients and their families, and many of the cases go unnoticed until they happen to be a doctor’s own.
This can be especially concerning for families of children and the elderly, who can be more likely to have serious medical problems in the future.
Dr Joanne Dowbak has spent her career in medical practice and is now working in the public health sector.
She said there was a huge opportunity to improve the public understanding of medical malpractice.
“Malpractice statistics show that in the past three decades, the number of malpractice cases has been increasing at a rate of over 100 per cent,” Dr Dowback said.
“It’s time to put an end to the misleading statistics which, if they exist, are only going to encourage further problems.”
These statistics show a clear picture of how serious malpractice is.
They also show the fact that people have to live with the consequences of a malpractice.
“Malpractice costs Australian families $US12 billion a year, according to a 2014 report by the Australian Medical Association.
Dr Dowbaks work has focused on improving patient and family care, as well as improving the data on malpractice rates.”
Dr Dows findings are published in the journal Public Health Policy.”
There’s the health impacts of malpatial injuries, there’s the psychological impact of a case of malpractice and there’s also the economic impact of having an individual not able to access the care they need.”
Dr Dows findings are published in the journal Public Health Policy.