As a culture, we generally applaud technological advances in the medical industry. Patients all across Arizona understand that many of today's surgical procedures allow doctors to repair internal damage with devices that reduce the trauma of an invasive procedure than patients may have experienced just a generation ago.
A woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a doctor who saw her husband just days before his death. The man suffered chronic pain and went to the doctor on April 22, 2008. The man apparently explained his condition and medications during the initial examination and evaluation. The new doctor reportedly changed the patient's prescriptions and two days later, the man died while enjoying a baseball game with his two small children.
Recent research conducted at Harvard Medical School indicates that as many as one-third of doctors in the United States may not fully agree that they should reveal all mistakes to their patients. The study involved nearly 1,900 medical doctors across the country in a variety of practice areas. The research shows that the majority of doctors agree that physicians should be truthful with patients, but the feeling was not unanimous among the medical professionals.
Health care has received a great deal of attention in this country in recent years. Certainly, when we visit the doctor, we rely upon the medical professional's education and training to help ensure that we, as patients, receive proper care. A recent story from outside of Arizona highlights the devastation a family can suffer when an underlying medical condition is left untreated.