"Malpractice fears have thrown the emergency medicine system into crisis"

Any wonder why you can’t get neurosurgeons to cover emergency rooms anymore?

“Neurosurgeons in this town have to pay over $90,000 a year just for the privilege of getting out of bed on a Friday night to drain the blood from the brain of a victim of a drunk driver crash,” says LDS Hospital emergency doctor Todd Allen. “And they say, I’m not gonna do it. Because the patients are sicker. The procedures are sometimes more invasive and more risky with more complications. Why take that risk if they don’t have to?”

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