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Area Hospitals Without Malpractice Insurance

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

New York Times reporter Anemona Hartocollis talks about why several New York City hospitals lack malpractice insurance or are only partially covered, and what patients need to know.

Guests:

Anemona Hartocollis

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Oct. 02 2012 05:25 AM
Marilyn from Manhattan

Please do more to look at the cruel practice of allowing doctors to PROMOTE surgery - especially plastic surgery - to people, destroying their lives and giving them no recourse. Please look at the outrageous cruelties visited upon so many young women in the US on sites like makemeheal.com, realself.com and steadyhealth.com.

This is a major issue no one is talking about. Drastic action is needed - class action lawsuits, legislation, criminal penalties for COMPETENT surgeons who do unnecessary surgeries, destroying women's faces and bodies (men, too, but more women) for profit.

Jul. 19 2012 12:45 AM
John from NYC

Never get sick on Staten Island

Jul. 18 2012 10:49 AM
B from UWS

This issue confronts us with the same problem as public health care -- that we are at a crossroads of needing to re-evaluate the values in our own physical health.

Jul. 18 2012 10:44 AM

I know that many hospitals self insure for some initial amount and cover that with reserves of 100% or more. Anything over that initial amount is covered by a "real" insurance policy.

Jul. 18 2012 10:44 AM
John from NYC

The attorneys for the local NYC area hospital for which we were involved made us sign a nondisclosure statement regarding settlement of a malpractice case.

Jul. 18 2012 10:43 AM
Jill

What a simple and brilliant way to keep lawsuits in check.

Jul. 18 2012 10:43 AM
enn from Manhattan

Are the doctors individually liable?

Jul. 18 2012 10:42 AM
RJ from prospect hts

This scares the bejesus out of me. I'm planning cataract surgery in August. The former medical director at Bellevue has written a book that reaffirms the "don't have surgery in July" truism--that's when new, lesser or inexperienced interns/residents come in, and so I'm going to have to seriously reconsider this--at the least, investigate further.

Jul. 18 2012 10:42 AM

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