Why should hospitals have direct duties to patients for the overall quality of care?
1. Why should hospitals have direct duties to patients for the overall quality of care?
Hospitals operate like corporate entities today, and should therefore be subjected to legal requirements of providing services that offer quality care to patients. It should therefore be their direct duty to patients to provide overall quality care. As businesses have become more business-oriented and profitable, the relationship between patients, hospitals and physicians has become more adversarial with the legal system and the laws governing them (Sanbar, 2004). The judicially proposed theory holds that a medical hospital is held corporately "liable for the quality of care from by its medical staff" (Sanbar, 2004, p. 136). When considered under corporate liability, ...
Hospitals' direct duties to patients are examined. References are also infused to validate the findings.