According to U.S. Politics Today, the Affordable Care Act could end up increasing the number of medical malpractice cases. While the controversy continues to swirl around what some refer to as “Obamacare,” there is another side of this issue that hasn’t yet been raised in the public eye.
Some legal experts believe that with more individuals accessing healthcare, requiring healthcare providers to take on more patients, it could result in serious or deadly medical mistakes. In an effort to save time, healthcare professionals may become distracted and could make more mistakes, endangering patients.
Many of the medical malpractice cases that stem from injuries out of hospitals are the result of:
- time constraints;
- lack of staffing; and
- doctor fatigue.
These problems will only become bigger once the estimated 20 to 40 million uninsured people in the U.S. obtain medical coverage.
Healthcare providers may be able to avoid a rise in medical malpractice cases by ensuring that the standard of care provided isn’t compromised by cutting corners or implementing time-saving strategies. Additionally, making sure clinics and hospitals are adequately staffed may help.
Contacting a New York Medical Malpractice Attorney
It is difficult to say at this time what the effects will be once the Affordable Care Act is implemented. For now, patients who have been injured as a result of negligence have the option to pursue a claim.
At Gacovino Lake & Associates we have formed a dedicated network of medical malpractice attorneys that serve clients nationwide. Our New York office serves residents of the five boroughs with their auto accident, medical malpractice, defective drug, premises liability, and Workers’ Compensation claims. For experienced help with your medical malpractice claim, contact us today – 1-800-246-4878.