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Administrative compensation for medical injuries: lessons from three foreign systems.
Issue Brief (Commonw Fund). 2011 Jul; 14:1-18.IB

Abstract

The United States requires patients injured by medical negligence to seek compensation through lawsuits, an approach that has drawbacks related to fairness, cost, and impact on medical care. Several countries, including New Zealand, Sweden, and Denmark, have replaced litigation with administrative compensation systems for patients who experience an avoidable medical injury. Sometimes called "no-fault" systems, such schemes enable patients to file claims for compensation without using an attorney. A governmental or private adjudicating organization uses neutral medical experts to evaluate claims of injury and does not require patients to prove that health care providers were negligent in order to receive compensation. Information from claims is used to analyze opportunities for patient safety improvement. The systems have successfully limited liability costs while improving injured patients' access to compensation. American policymakers may find many of the elements of these countries' systems to be transferable to demonstration projects in the U.S.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Harvard School of Public Health, USA. mmello@hsph.harvard.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

21770079

Citation

Mello, Michelle M., et al. "Administrative Compensation for Medical Injuries: Lessons From Three Foreign Systems." Issue Brief (Commonwealth Fund), vol. 14, 2011, pp. 1-18.
Mello MM, Kachalia A, Studdert DM. Administrative compensation for medical injuries: lessons from three foreign systems. Issue Brief (Commonw Fund). 2011;14:1-18.
Mello, M. M., Kachalia, A., & Studdert, D. M. (2011). Administrative compensation for medical injuries: lessons from three foreign systems. Issue Brief (Commonwealth Fund), 14, 1-18.
Mello MM, Kachalia A, Studdert DM. Administrative Compensation for Medical Injuries: Lessons From Three Foreign Systems. Issue Brief (Commonw Fund). 2011;14:1-18. PubMed PMID: 21770079.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Administrative compensation for medical injuries: lessons from three foreign systems. AU - Mello,Michelle M, AU - Kachalia,Allen, AU - Studdert,David M, PY - 2011/7/21/entrez PY - 2011/7/21/pubmed PY - 2011/7/28/medline SP - 1 EP - 18 JF - Issue brief (Commonwealth Fund) JO - Issue Brief (Commonw Fund) VL - 14 N2 - The United States requires patients injured by medical negligence to seek compensation through lawsuits, an approach that has drawbacks related to fairness, cost, and impact on medical care. Several countries, including New Zealand, Sweden, and Denmark, have replaced litigation with administrative compensation systems for patients who experience an avoidable medical injury. Sometimes called "no-fault" systems, such schemes enable patients to file claims for compensation without using an attorney. A governmental or private adjudicating organization uses neutral medical experts to evaluate claims of injury and does not require patients to prove that health care providers were negligent in order to receive compensation. Information from claims is used to analyze opportunities for patient safety improvement. The systems have successfully limited liability costs while improving injured patients' access to compensation. American policymakers may find many of the elements of these countries' systems to be transferable to demonstration projects in the U.S. SN - 1558-6847 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/21770079/Administrative_compensation_for_medical_injuries:_lessons_from_three_foreign_systems_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -