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Resource ID: #18115
Subject: Doctors
Source: Philadelphia Magazine
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Date: September

Description

The Philadelphia Magazine details the story behind the largest medical malpractice award in Pennsylvania history, a $7.5 million settlement. The article describes "the collision of a brilliant surgeon, a heavyweight lawyer and a severely injured little boy in a Philadelphia courtroom..." The story reports on the medical treatment of Stephen Gauls, the child "who was left brain-damaged by a heart operation" at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. One of the main findings is that "Pennsylvania's health care system has become like the Titanic," because the state legislature has done nothing for increasing patient safety. The author reveals that for 16 months "the state board of medicine hasn't disciplined or cited a single doctor for substandard care."

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