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  • State Medical Error Report Links (May 8, 2009)
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Research and Reports

  • Why Not The Best? Comparative Reports on Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections

    Users of WhyNotTheBest.org can now search for and compare data for nearly 1,000 hospitals on the incidence of central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs)—one of the most lethal hospital-acquired complications. The data show wide variation in CLABSI incidence, in spite of strong evidence on how to prevent them. The updated data is made possible through a partnership among The Commonwealth Fund, The Leapfrog Group, and Consumers Union.

  • New Jersey Health Care Profile

    How to get information on NJ medical doctors, podiatrists and optometrists.

  • NJ Ambulatory Surgery Centers: Quality and Safety Information

    New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services information on the issues surrounding quality in ambulatory surgery centers. Info on how to file a complaint about an ambulatory surgical center and how to get a copy of individual inspection reports.

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User Submitted Links (11)

  • On April 2, 2009 Carol Nissen posted:

    Inferior service or lack of attention should not be paid for by the patient. This is a consumer issue, not just medical. Negligent medical staff need to be FIRED, they a menace to everyone.

  • On April 2, 2009 Dr. Barry Hurwich posted:

    As a 60+ years medical person, only 6 years in NJ, there There are a lot of mistakes and garbage going on here as well as in most areas of our USA. Time for ALL politicians and people to wake up.

  • On April 2, 2009 Stephen Porter posted:

    I do not want to pay for hospital errors. When they make a mistake, let the hospital foot the bill.

  • On April 2, 2009 Joan Carolan posted:

    Apparently only Jon Corzine, his current girlfriends and good buddies are the only people who get to choose the safest hospitals while the rest of us just roll the dice.

  • On May 26, 2009 Patricia Kelmar posted:

    The bill won approval in the Assembly but it is different than the Senate version. Call Speaker Roberts to work with Senate President Dick Codey to work out the differences and deliver a strong bill to the Governor for his signature.

  • On September 23, 2009 Daniel M. Bresnahan posted:

    Health care reform goes nowhere because the system is designed to profit the providers (insurance companies, drug manufacturers, hospitals, doctors, etc.) The providers and their hack representatives (congressmen, lobbyists, religious groups, etc.) always whine that anything that would directly benefit all people equally is “socialism”. They argue that 45 million Americans without healthcare is OK because this group is without benefits only because they are lazy. Everyone who profits from the inefficiency and the inequity in the system,fight hard to keep it in place. The rest of the fools save up money for an X-box Greed and stupidity are brothers in this case. The answers are known to those with good sense and courage.

  • On January 21, 2010 John Grieco posted:

    My son-in-law caught MRSA while hospitalized. They discharged him and did enough to cover ass. He has had MIRSA and as you know it’s very easy to re-occur.

  • On January 24, 2010 Kathleen Halak posted:

    The Hunterdon Medical Center is well equipped with had cleaners in and outside of rooms. On my daughters recent stay there, each staff member I saw used them consistently.

  • On January 28, 2010 James Brandt posted:

    Who are the people in the government that we should contact? We need addresses for these people also. What is a URL? I might share it if I knew what it was. Should I know what the URL is? Not everyone is computer friendly!

  • On April 16, 2010 EDWARD PICCIUTI posted:

    I think this is a winner. Just what I believe is needed and very well laid out. Good luck from a victim of medical mayhem.

  • On April 30, 2010 Donna posted:

    Health Insurance Reform will never happen without first setting up strict guidelines for frivolous lawsuits perpetrated against doctors, who like the rest of us are human, and do sometimes make errors or have outcomes that are negative. The only reason I believe a doctor should be subjected to a lawsuit is if they have a tremendously poor track record and even then, as a patient, you have the responsibility to yourself to check on your doctors and the facilities in which they practice. You don’t take your car to a bad mechanic or allow your child to attend a daycare without carefully checking them out! Why would you not spend the time to check the credentials and records of the doctors you choose to visit as a patient?? The other instance in which a doctor must be held accountable by litigation is when he/she is negligent. Fraud, due diligence and negligence are crimes that most other people are subject to in a professional setting, why is it that we assume doctors should be held to a higher standard than an electrician who wires your home correctly, but a candle falls over and burns down the house. Does the electrician deserve to be prosecuted?? Does an OB-GYN deserve to be forced to settle a lawsuit for a birth defect in an infant, that the OB had absolutely nothing to do with, but the insurance company knows that if the case goes before a jury, the infant and grieving parents will always win. So they force the OB to settle out of court, the OB has a negative mark on the record and the liability insurance goes up every year to the point that medical students are looking at the economics of the OB field and passing. Many areas in the U.S. do not have adequate numbers of this specialty for this exact reason. Doctors are not the problem. Patients are not the problem. Lobbyists, Drug companies, Medical equipment companies, Attorneys and the Congress are to blame for the cost of spiraling medical costs in this country! Good doctors, and most of them are, care about their patients, but are forced by the health insurance companies reimbursement schedules to see too many patients per day, for too short a period of time for them to feel comfortable and have to depend on their patients to tell them when something is wrong! Pediatricians are so pressed by the economics of running a practice, that they often feel that they cannot spend the time they would like to getting to know a family, during some of the most important years of a human beings life! Don’t blame the doctors, blame Congress for succumbing to lavish parties, vacations and gifts from Lobbyists for the Health Insurance industry, so that they don’t place any controls on pricing, what they will or will not cover, who they exclude, etc. I am 52 years old and have been in the hospital almost every year since I’ve been 19 years old. I have had doctors whose personalities I did not like and others whom I adored, ones who were considered the best in their fields and others who were your everyday local doctor, but never did I feel that one of them did not care about me as a patient. I worked in the Healthcare field from the age of 19, when the first HMO was rolled out in Philadelphia and was touted as the savior of the healthcare of the nation. The initial idea and practice was wonderful, but as people really availed themselves of the services and the in the huge profits that the insurance companies weren’t raking in the huge profits that they had expected, year after year, rules were added to make HMO’s a mere shadow of their intended purpose and became a burden, rather than a way to maintain better health through preventive care, rather than emergent care. Don’t blame doctors, they spend more time learning to do their jobs longer than any other profession and if they specialize, schooling can take many years before they even begin to practice on their own, Plus they constantly have to keep up with the current technologies and current knowledge and procedures. Blame your Congress, the drug companies, medical equipment companies and ATTORNEYS who generally get anywhere from 30-75% of any award received from a lawsuit! That is where the incentive is, LITIGATION!!! The attorneys make out better than anyone and have suffered not one moment of pain or anguish that the patient or doctor who treated that patient have lived with! TORT REFORM, INSURANCE COMPANY OVERSIGHT and CONGRESSIONAL INTEGRITY would resolve so many of the ills in our healthcare system, with very little pain to anyone!

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