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Medical errors: Mandatory reporting, voluntary reporting, or both?

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  • Grepperud, Sverre

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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.

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  • Grepperud, Sverre, 2009. "Medical errors: Mandatory reporting, voluntary reporting, or both?," HERO On line Working Paper Series 2004:11, Oslo University, Health Economics Research Programme.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:oslohe:2004_011
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    Keywords

    Microeconomic theory; agency; iatrogenic injury;

    JEL classification:

    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law

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