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.

A common-sense solution

This solution to rising malpractice premiums makes the most sense to me.

An Alaska surgeon was sued because a patient ignored his advice to go to the emergency room. Again - a failure of personal responsibility has resulted in yet another malpractice suit. Fortunately, the jury was sensible and ruled in favor of the physician. I still have hope yet.

No-fault malpractice

Medical Economics this month discusses the feasibility of no-fault malpractice, similar to automobile accidents and workplace injuries. A fascinating read.

I trained in Boston so I periodically keep tabs on the medical scene there. In the same vein of the previous entry I wrote today, comes this story from the Boston Globe.

. . . new patients in Boston wait an average 37 days to see a cardiologist, 45 days to see an obstetrician-gynecologist, and 50 days to see a dermatologist "” the longest waits ...

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