As reported by ABC News, Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers in Northwest Ohio is the subject of a new book called “The Hospital: Life, Death and Dollars in a Small American Town.” Author Brian Alexander explores the harm to patients that results from the for-profit health care system.
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The situation in Bryan
While Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers in Bryan was once an independent hospital, the larger health systems prevail again and again because they provide the highest level of shareholder profit. In the book, Alexander profiles individuals who live in Bryan, Ohio and describes the poor health outcomes they experience. With the limited jobs and lack of nutrition, the residents interviewed in the book often avoid taking the medications they need and going to follow-up visits with health care providers because they cannot afford these services.
When lack of care translates to malpractice
Medical malpractice occurs when negligence by a health care provider results in or worsens illness or injury. The plaintiff must show that the doctor, nurse or provider did not meet the expected level of care.
A situation like the one Alexander describes in his book creates high patient turnover rates, which can increase the risk of malpractice caused by failure to diagnose or misdiagnosing an illness. Doctors are rushed to get patients in and out, which means they may miss issues such as medication interactions or possible health risks.
Individuals should get a second opinion if they feel brushed off by their health care providers. In Ohio, injured patients have one year to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.