Washington medical malpractice: Vote yes on I-330. “Earlier this year I found myself staring at my computer screen reading and re-reading an e-mail I did not want to send. I knew that once I clicked ‘submit’ I would be locked into a path that I didn’t want to go down, because at the end of it I would no longer be a doctor. After seven years of helping families bring their babies into the world, of working with women before, during and after pregnancies to keep them (and their children) healthy, I would no longer be able to be there for my patients.”

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  • Anonymous

    More excellent diagnostic work by physicians:

    Problem: High insurance rates

    Solution: Harm those already injured by

    “Plac[ing] a reasonable cap ($350,000 to $1,050,000, depending on the number of defendants and details of the case) on non-economic damages. Patients could still recover an unlimited amount for all economic damages, including health care costs and lost wages.”

    Great work. Give this man a raise!!

    CJD

  • Anonymous

    Wonder why Kevin didn’t post the companion editorial?

    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/245879_yes336.html

  • Anonymous

    “Less than half — 44.7 percent — of doctors with five or more malpractice payouts have been disciplined by Washington authorities or a state medical board, according to a recent Public Citizen study. Currently, the few bad doctors who cause the majority of medical malpractice incidents have no incentive to change their ways. I-336 will make this small population of bad doctors accountable for their actions.

    I-336 eliminates secrecy agreements that repeat offending doctors use to hide their medical negligence histories when settling cases. Typically, malpractice settlements include binding secrecy agreements that hide the doctor’s name from ever being known. I-336 would lift the veil to protect families like ours who thought they’d done sufficient homework on their doctor.

    I-336 will force insurance companies to open their books and publicly justify rate hikes to protect good doctors from insurance price gouging and prove they need rate increases of more than 15 percent.

    I-336 will strengthen our civil justice system by holding attorneys accountable by requiring them to submit a certificate of merit when they file a case, and sanctions lawyers who file frivolous lawsuits.

    I-336 will also add two citizen members to the Medical Quality Assurance Commission, an organization that is overwhelmingly comprised of doctors. It would also outlaw secrecy agreements, ensuring that public safety comes before a bad doctor’s reputation.

    Unlike insurance-backed initiatives, I-336 ensures that injured patients continue to have their constitutional right to their day in court. I-336 does not mandate arbitration or a jury trial but gives injured patients, not insurance companies, the freedom to choose.”

  • Anonymous

    CJD: “Cares (about) Just Dough”

    Hmmm…I wonder why only lawyers post during the day (except for this nighttime doc). Could it be, that we’re all busy injring patients?

    Will you go to work for the insurance industry already, I’ve got a headache already, listening to you say how it’s the insurance companies taking all the money away from the healthcare system, not the sodomizers.

  • Elliott

    This woman already worked part-time and was still making 80k per year. She has two young children with a husband who makes well into the six figures. She’s making a lifestyle choice that although I don’t deny she feels the “pain” of high malpractice premiums, that’s hardly a major consideration in her decision. She’s perfectly willing to say it’s the only criteria in order to pimp for the caps. No matter how smart, well-educated, and caring Dr. Conaghan is, she’s lying in this case (maybe it’s self-delusion as well).

  • Anonymous

    You’re legitimizing high malpractice premiums to pay for a legal lottery system that adds Zero benefit for anyone except the sodomizers and very few lottery winners as a reason an OB_GYN needs to “make an educated decision”? If she’s “pimpin” for the caps, what sexual deviations are the sodomizers doing in order to maintain the current lottery?

  • Anonymous

    “She’s perfectly willing to say it’s the only criteria in order to pimp for the caps.”

    Elliott, isn’t that simple economics, just market forces at work. Some buyers opt out at certain prices and we lose those customers.
    She did not specifically state that the cost of malpractice premium was the only reason.

  • Anonymous

    “for a legal lottery system that adds Zero benefit for anyone”

    Why don’t you call someone who has won this “lottery” and ask them if they got any benefit from it?

    Maybe you could tell them how lucky they were to have won the “lottery”!

  • Anonymous

    Elliot,

    Where do you gather your information? Do you know her personally, or are you just making up assumptions?

  • Anonymous

    “Why don’t you call someone who has won this “lottery” and ask them if they got any benefit from it? “

    Elliot: What’s your phone number? How about Cares (about) Just Dough? (CJD)

  • Anonymous

    “Elliot: What’s your phone number? How about Cares (about) Just Dough? (CJD)”

    They use the same number. It’s
    1-800-JACKPOT

  • Anonymous

    I meant you can reach them at
    1-800-JACKPOT.

    Their other number is 1-800-EASYMONEY.

  • Anonymous

    You doctors are vile and abusive. Eliot is trying to engage in a rational discussion and you call him a sodomite–an odd term of derision from people who earn the bread sticking their fingers up peoples’ butts.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t let their silliness get to you 9:12. They mean well, they just don’t have the sophistication to understand what’s going on.

  • Anonymous

    For the life of me I don’t understand why you guys respond to Elliot and CJD. These guys have a vested interest in keeping the system the way it is. The fact is that vast majority of people injured by the medical system are not compenstated. Additionally, the vast majority of malpractice suits result in no payment to the plantiffs. This is not good for doctors or patients. There are systems in the world that work much better than our own. I suggest anyone interested look up (google) the Scandanivian (specifically the swedish) system. Fault is taken out of the system, more patients are compensated than our own, if needed negligent docs are referred to their medical boards, and most importantly the middleman who siphon off 40%-60% of the money are taken out of the equation. It is better for everyone (except the lawyers).

  • Anonymous

    “For the life of me I don’t understand why you guys respond to Elliot and CJD”

    Cause it’s an outlet. Cause I can’t legally do what should be done to the sodomites, especially with what they do to us and our profession.

  • Anonymous

    “an odd term of derision from people who earn the bread sticking their fingers up peoples’ butts”

    We rarely do that anymore. If we tear a rectum CJD or Elliot will sue us, so instead we just order Cat Scans and Blood tests. Physical exams are for doctors in other (less litigious) countries.

  • Anonymous

    “The fact is that vast majority of people injured by the medical system are not compenstated.”

    That may be the most true statement on here. What you fail to mention is that none of these physicians, nor their pimps in the insurance industry, really want to change that.

    They aren’t interested in justice, they are interested in immunity and not having their decisions second guessed ever.

    “It is better for everyone (except the lawyers).”

    Your naivete is reflected here. This isn’t about the patients for the physicians and insurers. It’s not about getting rid of bad doctors. It’s not about improving the quality of care. Their proposals are about one thing – putting more money in their pockets. The insurers know they’ll win on that front and the physicians ignorantly believe they will. The injured patients are not part of their thinking. They may talk very sweetly about them, but look at their proposals. Talk’s cheap, the proof is in the legislation.

    No one really wants to talk no-fault, because when you do that you’ve taken another step toward universal health care. Yet physicians foolishly believe that the public will continue to give them immunity without guaranteed health care.

    CJD

  • Anonymous

    “Cause I can’t legally do what should be done to the sodomites, especially with what they do to us and our profession.”

    I think we all know that someone who is too scared to even identify themselves by a pseudonym wouldn’t do much even if he could, don’t we.

    CJD

  • Anonymous

    Hey CJD, is it true that in Arkansas, 80% of the population is inbred?
    I just wonder because I thought I read that you are from Arkansas.
    But then I haven’t reviewed your medical records.

  • likes statistics

    in Arkansas, 80% of the population is inbred?

    Dr. Bennet?

  • Anonymous

    Seriously, the best you can come up with are Arkansas inbred jokes? And not even good ones? Surely you can do better.

    CJD

  • Anonymous

    How about this one:

    “Did you hear about the lawyer hurt in an accident?”
    “No. What happened?”
    “An ambulance stopped suddenly.”

  • Anonymous

    You’re getting better.

  • Anonymous

    And how about this one:

    Q:Why won’t sharks attack lawyers?

    A:Professional courtesy.

  • Anonymous

    And of course you’ve heard this one from your brother=father=uncle:

    Q:What’s the difference between a lawyer and a catfish?

    A:One is a slimy, bottom dwelling, scum sucker. The other is a fish.

  • Anonymous

    Guys, they tell those to first year law students. Don’t you have anything current? Fresh?

    I’m really disappointed in you.

  • Anonymous

    “lliot,

    Where do you gather your information? Do you know her personally, or are you just making up assumptions?”

    Whoa there. Dr. Elliot never makes assumptions. He knows that doctors only care about screwing lawyers out of money they so very much deserve therefore he knows that the subject of the article is only “pimping for caps”. If Dr. Elliot says it is so then who are we to argue?

  • Anonymous

    ” Yet physicians foolishly believe that the public will continue to give them immunity without guaranteed health care.”

    No, physicians are quitting to get away from the Lawyer shenanigans. For a short list (thousands of doctors!) who quit or moved to a less litigous state see:

    http://www.fightingdocs.com/main/disappearing_docs.html

  • Anonymous

    It looks like the slimy, bottom dwelling, scum suckers were more like the avian flu virus. That’s a lot of doctors who moved out of Pennsylvania!

  • Anonymous

    I love it when you guys use states like Pennsylvania as your “proof”. It just illustrates how little you know about how your insurance rates are determined and what’s really going on. Pennsyvlania is about the worst state to use to blame your malpractice ills (even the fictional ones) on the victims of malpractice.

    Ignorance is bliss, I guess.

    CJD

  • Anonymous

    Hey CJD:
    Q: Why is going to a meeting of the Trial Lawyers’ Association like going into a bait shop?

    A: Because of the abundance of suckers, leeches, maggots and nightcrawlers.

  • Anonymous

    “Pennsyvlania is about the worst state to use to blame your malpractice ills (even the fictional ones) on the victims of malpractice.”

    I wouldn’t know the answer to this one CJD. Every single doctor I knew (100%) from Pennsylvania has left the state. There’s no-one left to ask. Nice Job, sodomites.

  • Anonymous

    You keep illustrating your ignorance by citing Pennsylvania.

    Google PHICO and Reliant, PA’s two biggest insurers.

    It’s not like I even have to try anymore to make you look like a fool. Judging by the quality of the jokes, though, I should have known I was dealing with a lesser intellect.

  • Anonymous

    “I should have known I was dealing with a lesser intellect.”

    Your brother=father=uncle must be real smart.

  • Anonymous

    “Google PHICO and Reliant, PA’s two biggest insurers.”

    Instead, Google “Philadelphia” and “malpractice” Almost 2 million Sodomite Hits. If you’re a doctor you’d think you walked into a Gay Bar with a Bullseye on your Ass.