Faculty Notes

Prof. Vern Walker Presents in Pisa, Italy, on Fact-finding in Cross-Border Health Care

Vern R. Walker, Professor of Law and Director of the Research Laboratory for Law, Logic and Technology

Professor Vern R. Walker gave a peer-reviewed presentation titled “Designing Factfinding for Cross-Border Healthcare” on June 6, 2009.

The presentation was during the international workshop “Medical liability and medical accidents compensation: From the blame game to individual rights protection in the provision of medical services,” at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, in Pisa, Italy.

As the reporters for the workshop described the thesis in the presentation:

“A healthcare system should achieve an efficient outcome through a compensation mechanism that avoids under-compensation and over-compensation. Such an efficient compensation system would also contribute to ensuring ‘safe’ and ‘high-quality’ health care, by providing an optimal level of deterrence. The thesis underlined the need to create an accurate, consistent, evidence-based, factfinding method of assessing medical accidents, sensitive to the extent, the cause and the nature of healthcare-related injuries in cross-border medical systems in order to obtain outcome efficiency and optimal deterrence. Prof. Walker demonstrated how such a factfinding model could be created, without necessarily having to create a centralised institution.”