. . . as a solution to alleviate the malpractice crisis. Some practices claim up to 80% of patients agree to the terms - namely waiving their right to a jury trial. Read more about it in Medical Economics.

An ethics professor takes an interesting look at how elitist the US health care system is becoming. On one hand, we have concierge practices:

Now, one might wonder why it is necessary to pay a bounty to get a doctor to call you back, especially if you are already paying through the nose to belong to a managed care plan. The answer is that under the watchful eye ...

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More malpractice ranting

Nothing like coming back from vacation and seeing more inflammatory articles on the malpractice controversy. Medrants summarizes some of the more recent articles.

Update:
After catching up on some weekend reading, our friend Medpundit has also chimed in on the recent ignorance by the NY Times and the esteemed Mr. Herbert.

There has been much discussion on the recent NY Times piece on "Malpractice Myths", seen here at Medrants. Now comes some more criticism from the law world, highlighting the obvious ignorance of the article (via Medpundit).

Today's Boston Globe contains an interesting piece on malpractice reform from a professor of law at Columbia University. One nice analogy:

Current practices make no more sense than asking airline pilots to guarantee safety for the entire aviation industry, and forcing those who fly the most dangerous routes to compensate injured passengers from their personal paychecks.

What a quote from the president of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers in response to the increasing number of physicians going without malpractice insurance (i.e. "going bare"):

'You can't hide all of your assets and you can't hide all of your wages forever. One way or another, we'll find a way to represent these medical malpractice victims because they deserve it,'' said Alexander Clem, president of the ...

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Medical Economics discusses the use of clinical guidelines in malpractice litigation. One interesting point is raised regarding whether new guidelines are being affected by the current malpractice atmosphere:

. . . as trial lawyers are using guidelines more in court, the organizations writing them are changing their motives. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, for example, has recently come under fire from plaintiffs' lawyers . . . ...

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Our first winning entry is a story from a grizzled resident:

A lot is on my mind these days. I am thirty years old, I have a one year girl who is turning into an Olsen Twin with melodrama substituted for'acting'. I just had a new baby boy 7 days ago who has decided to make me relive my intern year all over again; sleepless nights and ...

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Physicians vs lawyers

More stories are coming out that demonstrate physicians taking the malpractice crisis in their own hands.

Here is one physician's extreme response to rising malpractice costs. It surely was meant to be inflammatory. The fact it was allowed to get this far reflects the deep frustration within the physician community. Some doctors are taking matters into their own hands.

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