Brooklyn hospitals led the city in malpractice payouts last year, with Kings County Hospital paying a whopping $33.6 million in claims, according to a report issued yesterday.
Two other municipal hospitals, Woodhull Hospital and Coney Island Hospital, shelled out millions in malpractice claims – even as the total cost of claims to the city plunged by 10%.
In my one Brooklyn ambulance experience, the paramedics asked me which hospital I wanted to go to. After determining that Manhattan was off limits, I asked them where they would go. That’s how I wound up at the emergency room at Long Island College Hospital (LICH, on Atlantic and Hicks). If you are a trauma case, you don’t get a choice, but if you do get a choice, don’t go to Woodhull.