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Making Hospitals Accountable

Philip G. Peters Jr.

University of Missouri at Columbia - School of Law

June 21, 2009

Regulation, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 30-36, Summer 2009

Modern health care is delivered by large teams of highly trained individuals in a complex web of interaction that demands coordination and oversight. For this reason, the traditional model of malpractice liability, in which the individual caregiver is liable, is outmoded: medical errors often are the result of system failures, and systemic changes best address these problems. For this reason, a robust regime of hospital vicarious liability has more potential than any other malpractice reform to realign the deterrent power of tort law with the goal of patient safety.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 7

Keywords: vicarious liability, tort law, evidence-based medicine, hospital enterprise liability, malpractice

JEL Classification: I10, I11, K13

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Date posted: July 14, 2009  

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Peters Jr., Philip G., Making Hospitals Accountable (June 21, 2009). Regulation, Vol. 32, No. 2, pp. 30-36, Summer 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1432456

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University of Missouri at Columbia - School of Law ( email )
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Hulston Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
United States
573-882-8274 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.law.missouri.edu/peters/
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