Oregon Health and Science University is looking to move past claims of medical malpractice that have been brought against the hospital, settling 6 malpractice case on Friday for $38.6. Oregon Health and Science University has insurance through Washington Casualty, which will cover $21.35 million of the settlement costs of these six medical malpractice lawsuits.
Not everyone is happy. Scott Gallant, of the Oregon Medical Association, says that now that these lawsuits have been resolved, it means that “schools, special districts, and others, are going to pay substantially higher premiums to try to cover essentially unlimited liability where there’s an unfortunate injury that might occur in their official duties.”
Gee, Scott, what is the alternative? One of the cases involved a $9.3 million settlement to a boy who suffered prolonged oxygen deprivation causing permanent and profound brain damage because of medical malpractice at OHSU. How much do you think the boy should have received?
Moreover, he presents a false choice. A modern society can pay for its schools and take care of the children that are harmed by the negligence of doctors and hospitals.