I regularly receive the Cortlandt Forum and only recently realized they're on the web. It's an eclectic magazine, but has interesting malpractice cases. Here's another one.

Basically, it's a patient who came in with dyspepsia. The PCP ordered an upper GI series and it was read as normal. However months later, the symptoms continued, and an EGD found terminal stomach cancer. The ...

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A nice summary . . .

. . . on the how Bush and Kerry will approach the various health-care issues. An excerpt:

. . . Kenneth E. Thorpe, an Emory University professor of health policy who has evaluated both plans, estimates that Kerry's would reduce the number of uninsured by nearly 27 million; Bush's would cut it by 2.4 million.

Besides the effect on insurance coverage, the proposals differ in two other ways. ...

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This case illustrates why a physician needs a true jury of peers in malpractice cases - people who at least have some medical background.  In this case, a cardiologist was sued for giving Retavase (presumably for an ST-elevation myocardial infarction).  Unfortunately, the patient died from cerebral hemorrhage - a well-known complication.  The jury found him liable.  Here's what the independent counsel found:

A four-person state medical malpractice screening panel that met ...

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The battle lines . . .

. . . have been drawn in Florida.  Lawyers vs physicians.  The people will decide in November.

Two views . . .

. . . on medical malpractice. One from the insurers' perspective, the other from the lawyers. These articles are from the state of Wyoming, where 1 of the 3 medical malpractice insurers withdraws from the state later this year.

. . . 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.

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