Admitting a medical error doesn't appear to increase the chance patients will seek legal advice, while waiving costs in the case of undisclosed errors seems to, according to early results of a study at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Participants were asked whether they would seek legal advice when costs were waived after a life-threatening allergy error that had not been disclosed; 38% said they would, compared with 23% when costs weren't waived. Meanwhile, 45% of the 407 people in the study said they had experienced some type of a medical error. Initial study results were presented at a National Patient Safety Foundation conference in Orlando, Fla. -- by Joseph Mantone
Study looks at risks of admitting errors, waiving cost
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