A man in Tampa Bay has filed a lawsuit against a hospital that told him it would charge him more than $1 million to pull their adverse incident reports on his back surgeon. One goal of the Plaintiff: finding out just how much it would actually cost the doctor to do the search.
In 2010, people are getting used to the information age. They no longer feel comfortable being left in the dark on issues that are important to them, particularly information a patient would want to know. Do hospitals try to put a big price tag on information to deter patients from obtaining information on their doctors? I’m sure some do. But 10 years from now, covering up this kind of information claiming the search is too time-consuming will be a dead bang loser. It may even be already.