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Cuadernos de Medicina Forense

versión impresa ISSN 1135-7606


RODRIGUEZ HORNILLO, M.; RIVA MORENO, C. De la  y  SERRATOSA SANCHEZ-IBARGUEN, A.. Medical liability: professional liability vs. public health service liability. Cuad. med. forense [online]. 2011, vol.17, n.2, pp.59-66. ISSN 1135-7606.

The medical liability is an inseparable phenomenon from the health care that today needs demands from the pragmatic approach and acceptance. Built-in mechanisms are necessary for the health system itself so it can give an adequate solution to difficult situations so that they can be assimilated by the professional and it also represents social requirements needed of an effective answer. The prosecution by criminal liability, in the best of the situations, could be solved promptly, but don´t provide prospective solutions at the problem. In the actual health care systems they tend to look for extrajudicial solutions, allowing a contextual approach that permits, in addition to compensation, actions to improve the system to increase safety and confidence patients and professionals.

Palabras clave : Medical Liability; Malpractice; Medical errors.

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