An ex-judge on malpractice

Bravo for speaking the truth:

Is this what our legal system has wrought? Have we so intimidated the medical profession that its members fear admitting their mistakes and offering to correct them; that we need legislation to protect them against the consequences of apologizing? Concededly, doctors are faced with baseless malpractice claims, exorbitant insurance premiums, the expenditure of time and emotion in defending suits and the possibility that their mere threat causes them to practice and prescribe in a manner that they would not do otherwise.

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  • Anonymous

    That post made me chuckle. What poor, helpless lambs physicians are. Between the pain inflicted by insurers, lawyers, and their patients, and the constant whining that results from having to deal with the public, you almost forget how ridiculously well paid they are.

  • Justin

    Physician salary is quite the red herring. I believe the judge was simply saying that doctors free from the threat of baseless lawsuits provide more desirable medical care.

  • Anonymous

    Considering most doctors have no clue what they’re actual risk is, who knows if that’s true?

    Besides, nearly every defendant thinks the plaintiff’s case is baseless and the plaintiff thinks the defendant’s defenses are baseless.

    As for a “red herring”, you can’t whine about your insurance expenses and then say your income isn’t important to the discussion. You can’t have it both ways.

  • Anonymous

    PROBLEM HERE IS THE HUMAN TOUCH, DR. TAKES AN OATH (FIRST DO NO HARM)PEOPLE NEED TO FEEL LIKE THEY ARE NOT A NUMBER SITTING IN A WAITING ROOM FOR 3-4 HOURS TO HAVE A FEW MINUTES WITH (THE DR.)MALPRACTICE IS DEFINED,”PATIENT RECEIVES TREATMENT FROM A DR. WHO HAS AN (I MAKE NO MISTAKES I CAN HEAL ANYTHING)AND WHEN HE DOES MAKE A MISTAKE GETS ANGERY AT HIMSELF FOR DOING SO BECAUSE HE BELIEVED HE WAS ALL POWERFUL. THEN HE IS ALL UPSET,SURPRISED A PATIENT WANTS TO SUE HIM??I WOULD SAY THE DR. IS GETTING A TASTE OF HIS OWN MEDICENE RIGHT BACK AT HIM,THEN HE HAS TO BE HUMBLED BACK TO BEING A MERE HUMAN BEING!!HOW AWFUL,THAT POOR DR.THEN OUR GOVERNMENT WANTS TO DESIGN A BILL TO PROTECT THESE DOCTORS,COVER UP THEIR MISTAKES SO THE NEXT VICTIM (EXCUSE ME) PATIENT SIGNS UP WITH THIS DR.(I WOULD SAY PAST REPEATS UNLESS THE MISTAKE IS CORRECTED)EXAM THE MISTAKE PREVENT ANOTHER ONE.DR. KNOWS EVERYTHING ALWAYS GETS SUED!!!!

  • Anonymous

    DR. KNOWS EVERYTHING,USUALLY HAS TO DEAL WITH (NO FEE,UNLESS WE MAKE MONEY FOR YOU ATTORNEY)NEITHER ONE REALLY CARES ABOUT THE PATIENT!!ONE SEE $$$$$$$,THE OUTHER SEES $$$$$$, THE PATIENTS ARE USUALLY BEING VIEWED INSTEAD OF BEING SEEN.THEN THE UNDERTAKER BURIES THE MISTAKE.I WOULD SUGGEST DR. KNOWS EVERYTHING GOES INTO BUSINESS WITH MR. UNDERTAKER,(THAT WOULD BE TOO OBVIOUS TO PATIENTS A DOCTORS CHANCE OF REPEATING A MISTAKE) BETTER LEAVE IT TO OUR GOVERNMENT TO PASS A (BILL)($$$$)(PROTECT DR. KNOWS EVERYTHING) THE PATIENT WILL NEVER SUSPECT ANYTHING,YEA, THATS THE SOLUTION.

  • Anonymous

    I never listen to people who shout. Can anything posted in all caps be worth reading?

  • Justin

    Anon 10:28/9:40–> You sound like a law student who can’t wait to start chasing ambulances.

    The argument isn’t about doctor’s salaries or the cost of malpractice insurance. It’s about two things: one, how messed up it is that anyone can file a lawsuit and screw with a doctor’s time and psychological well being, and two, how there are also valid lawsuits, so how do we distinguish between the two?

    “Besides, nearly every defendant thinks the plaintiff’s case is baseless and the plaintiff thinks the defendant’s defenses are baseless.” This is a fantastic bit of Breezy Speculation, you might want to back it up.

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