“Our lawsuit-inspired culture is quickly destroying the medical profession. Instead of focusing on treating patients, doctors must now spend their day focused on dodging lawsuits.”
A mother’s plea to her son continues: “To those lawyers who see doctors and malpractice-insurance companies as bearers of deep pockets, blame is key. If you can make people believe that an imperfect outcome is somebody’s fault, well then you’ve just won the lottery. Doctors are running scared because if every outcome is not a good one, if every diagnosis, procedure, consultation, response or reaction does not work out exactly like everyone hopes, then they become the hunted.
What about the fragile nature of life and the well-known truth that there are never any guarantees? Well, in a lawsuit-happy world that may be true, but it’s not quite good enough.
As a doctor, you’re now expected to be better than God and if you’re not, well, the malpractice monster will eat you whole. It will take your heart, your knowledge, your devotion, your sacrifices and throw it in the garbage. It will laugh at the many people you saved. And worst of all, it will take your soul. That very noble soul which drove you to be a doctor in the first place.” (via PointofLaw.com)