Hospital lawsuit reform v. Malpractice reform?
From the N&O and Char-O’s hospital series, one unbelievable statistic today:
During the five years ending in 2010, N.C. hospitals filed more than 40,000 lawsuits to collect on bills. Most of those suits were filed by just two entities: Carolinas HealthCare and Wilkes Regional Medical Center in North Wilkesboro. Each filed more than 12,000 suits over the five-year period, according to state courts data. Wilkes Regional, which is managed by Carolinas HealthCare, appears to be the state’s most litigious individual hospital
In 2009 the number of medical malpractice suits filed in NC: 438
So one hospital system filed over 24,000 lawsuits in North Carolina courts over five years, or nearly 5,000 lawsuits a year. It is a wonder that our legal system is doing anything else other than deal with lawsuits from Carolinas HealthCare and the hospital it manages. It’s fine to talk about reforming the way we deal with medical mistakes, but it is clear that one of the largest burdens on our NC courts and legal system has absolutely nothing to do with medical malpractice.