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Three more questions you should pursue based on the debate over the SorryWorks! program, which protects doctors who apologize for medical errors that harm patients.

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An oncologist offers his perspective on medical errors. The driving force is fear and guilt: fear for the mistakes you might make, guilt for the mistakes you already made.

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Should a doctor be able to say sorry to a patient who has been harmed and then avoid the repercussions of the error?

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Efforts to change laws to encourage doctors to apologize for medical errors while avoiding lawsuits have sparked debate over whether patient safety will be compromised. Here's why.

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When is a story important enough to warrant reporting on a cause of death? Do the deaths of famous people open an opportunity to raise public awareness about medical errors or other health threats? What about the person next door?

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Recounting a tornado's path through Joplin's hospital, hospitals sanctioned in California, and seniors loading up on caffeinated energy drinks, plus more from our Daily Briefing.

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Did 87 California hospitals really go three years without any major patient care mistakes? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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Gimme Insurance: Writing in the Columbia Journalism Review, Trudy Lieberman examines the astonishing case of a newly elected doctor-Congressman who was irked because his new health insurance didn’t start on the very first day of his new job. Welcome to the rest of America, Rep. Andy Harris.

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