How Common is Malpractice?

When I was very young, my grandmother had medical problems. She relied on doctors for help, but something went terribly wrong, and she suffered a lot. I was young and don’t know much about the details, but I do know that my grandmother ended up suing at least one doctor for malpractice, and that she won.

This all made a pretty big impression on me, and I have a lot of trouble now trusting doctors. I’m worried that I’m not taking care of myself properly or visiting the doctor enough, but I have a hard time shaking my fear. Experts, how common is medical malpractice? Is my fear founded?

Healthy Habits

This year, my new year’s resolution is to get healthier. I don’t just mean working out and eating better, though. I need to get better about all aspects of my health, including basic stuff like scheduling doctor’s appointments. I’m trying to come up with a list of the biggest changes I can make and the most important stuff I can do for my health, so I thought I’d turn to the experts and ask what sorts of things college kids like me tend to ignore. I want to find the things I should be doing that will make a real impact on my overall health, so that I can be healthier and feel better (and happier, I hope). Thanks in advance!