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Patient organisations should also establish databanks on medical complications
  1. D O E Gebhardt
  1. Anna van Burenlaan 1, 2341 VE Oegstgeest, The Netherlands;

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    In 1998 a lawyer working for the Dutch consumer organisation, Consumentenbond, suggested that hospitals, like hotels, should be classified according to the quality of service they provide.1 For the establishment of such a register it would of course be necessary to determine various parameters, including the incidence of complications occurring in each hospital. It did not take long before this proposal was rejected by van Herk2 on the grounds that it would promote defensive medicine, which would not improve the …

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