A $20 million medical malpractice lawsuit could cause an “increase in deaths,” according to a new study.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a physician and professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, said he found that patients who had suffered a traumatic injury or had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease were more likely to die from complications than those who had not.
“There’s a lot of data that says that if you have a traumatic brain injury, and you have an advanced diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, and that there’s a higher risk of death than the general population, that’s a very big problem,” Faucs study said.
“This is the first study to do a study of that, and it raises some very important questions.”
Fauci told NBC News that if the settlement reached is approved, it could lead to more deaths.
“The cost of the settlement is going to be huge.
We can’t afford to pay it, so what are we going to do?” he said.
Fauces study looked at more than 2,500 Medicare claims filed between 2010 and 2015.
It found that the more patients suffered a medical condition that caused them to die, the more likely they were to be eligible for the medical insurance benefits.
“If you were a person who had a brain injury that was not survivable, and your condition was a traumatic condition, then your claim was more likely than the average person to be paid,” he said, adding that there was also a correlation between the severity of the condition and the number of claims filed.
Faulci said that the potential for increased death rates was a concern, because some medical maladies, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, have no cure.
“When you’re going into these situations, you know that if something is not going to help, it’s not going, and if you’re not going in there with a plan, it might be too late,” he told NBC.
Faurci, who has published a number of studies on medical malpractices, including a 2010 study that found a higher death rate was associated with severe medical conditions, said the study could help determine the impact on Medicare costs.
“It’s a big deal because we have an enormous population of people that are not getting the medical care they need.
It’s a tremendous burden to the taxpayers and the government,” he added.
“It’s important to understand what the impact of the damages is.”
Faulces findings are based on data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services, which has since published a report on its own research.
The study did not look at any particular type of claim, such in the case of a catastrophic brain injury.
“You have to take a hard look at what’s happening in a given situation,” Faurci said.
“We don’t have all the data that you might need, and we don’t know how many deaths that we could expect.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that in 2016, there were more than 8,300 medical malcontent deaths among Medicare enrollees, and more than 1.4 million Medicare claims, or 4.5 percent of the total.