Medical mistakes cost plenty, are not accounted for |

Medical mistakes cost plenty, are not accounted for

With respect to the article on rising health care costs, I for one can see some of the cause. I have been treated over the past year and a half for a brain tumor. During this time, I had at least three MRIs at Sierra Nevada that were misread according to the specialists at the Brain Tumor Center at UCSF. The first misreading led to three or four very expensive but unnecessary tests. After the third misreading, I wrote a detailed letter to the radiology group, with copies to the hospital’s board. To date, I have not had the courtesy of a written response from the radiology group or even a call from the quality assurance manager at the hospital. I have had a conversation with a member of the board that resulted in my getting excuses and defenses for the mistakes. I was told that the hospital and the radiology group are separate entities. That may be legally true, but who is accountable? I believe that the hospital contracts for the radiology services. Perhaps the costs are skyrocketing because of a lack of accountability in the health care industry? If this happened to one person three times, imagine what other mistakes are being made and what they must have cost with no one taking responsibility.

Melanie K. Wellner

Grass Valley

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