Saturday, December 18, 2010

When liver donations go wrong -

Our medical industry, which to me seems like just another labor union, is a bizzare collection of old school protectionist practices and it needs a serious overhaul.

Why is it that statistics on outcomes are unavailable, and mistakes are covered up or treated as if they are impossible?


When liver donations go wrong - "When a donor has a complication, the hospital is expected to do its own investigation and report to the United Network for Organ Sharing, or UNOS, which oversees transplants for the federal government.
'This isn't acceptable,' says Dr. Lloyd Ratner, director of renal and pancreatic transplant surgery at Columbia University.
'Never in a million years would we say to BP, 'Oh, you had an oil spill in the Gulf, why don't you do your own investigation and just tell us about it?' ' he said. 'That would be just crazy. It's not acceptable in other industries to do that, so why is it acceptable in ours?'"