Should Hospitals Punish Docs for Medical Errors?

Punishing doctors for medical errors is ineffective and hospitals should only do so under clear cases of negligence, according to a former healthcare executive’s letter to the editor published in the New York Times.

“People in the medical field are well intentioned and feel great distress when they harm patients,” wrote Paul Levy, former chief executive of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “Let’s reserve punishment for Continue reading