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Medical errors: Mandatory reporting, voluntary reporting, or both?
Abstract: This work evaluates policy recommendations on medical
error reporting systems presented in, To err is human, a report published
by the Institute of Medicine. Here mandatory reporting should be applied
for adverse events, while voluntary reporting is recommended for near
misses. This analysis shows that an error reporting scheme of this type is
not an optimal one since both near misses and adverse events may remain
unreported. This work makes evident that penalising health care decision
makers for not reporting errors, independent of error category, is crucial
for reaching the first-best solution.
Keywords: Microeconomic theory; agency; iatrogenic injury; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: D82; I18; K42; (follow links to similar papers)
19 pages, June 14, 2009
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