Well I think in some cases, millions would be fair. Hospital bills are expensive - if someone had surgery or something done, then had to go back because things were messed up, or if they die, that's a lot of bills to be paying. Not to mention the psychological grief a mistake may have caused, or the lingering side effects of something that happened.
Mistakes happen, but sometimes they happen because of negligence and in those cases I think people should be compensated. Not necessarily for millions, but a fair amount to cover any money lost and some for the trauma.
Well obviously, in cases of gross negligence, people should be compensated for the costs and for lost ability to work.
But the way things are now, even minor mistakes can cost hospitals millions. Even honest mistakes in hard-to-win situations.And that needs to go.
This tendancy is single-handedly driving the costs of the american medical establishment through the roof, pulling doctors insurance premiums up with them, and prices to the customer too.
Addidionally, they are encouraging 'defensive medicine' where hospitals and doctors feel pressured to run numerous expensive tests where the odds of finding something are marginal, but if they don't they are exposed to possible lawsuits. This is also driving up costs.
I really don't know how it is in the United States, I hear a lot of political rhetoric about insurance and how doctors get sued left and right. I've always thought it was impossible to sue a hospital unless you could prove negligence since you sign contracts saying you understand the risks involved.
So I don't know, I think if someone f*cked up they deserve to be sued, but that you can't sue someone when foreseeable complications arose. If it's already like that, keep it like that.