While healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act have stirred confusion and controversy since their establishment, there are a variety of factors that we are unable to predict due to the many uncertainties. Three insurance experts have realized the obvious factor affecting medical malpractice lawsuits. Since there will be more insureds due to healthcare now being required by law, we can expect to see more medical malpractice lawsuits. Over the next couple of years, we can expect to see 22 million more insureds in the United States.
Additionally, the patient-doctor relationship is weakening, which will in turn, likely lead to an increased number of medical malpractice lawsuits. Naturally, when the doctor is in close terms with their patient, constantly monitoring their process and recovery, there is less room for mistakes.
The position of a hospitalist has recently emerged in the medical world. In the past, the doctor oversaw a patient’s recovery, however, the hospitalist has transferred this duty. Therefore, with multiple medical professionals treating one patient, there is plenty of room for error.
The most important aspect that is lost with healthcare reform is the lack of personal connection. This abrupt change in the medical field will likely lead to an increased number of medical malpractice lawsuits.
Additionally, our culture has transformed typical American demographics which have resulted in an increased need for healthcare. Therefore, the already overstrained healthcare system will likely be experiencing an overload, and will therefore transfer many responsibilities to the nurses and hospitalists, leaving more room for error.
Although these are all just hypotheses based on observing medical trends, chances are medical malpractice rates will rise once every American is equipped with a health insurance policy.
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