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Monday, February 26, 2007

Malpractice discussion gets hot

Paul Levy posted a long item on his blog Saturday about the shame physicians feel when they are sued for malpractice even when they are sure they have done nothing wrong.

"For someone who has spent his or her whole life basking in the gratitude and admiration of individuals and society, this can be a devastating experience," the Beth Israel Deaconess CEO wrote. "Even when the verdict is issued, clearing the doctor of all wrong, it can leave a terrible scar."

Comments continue to pour in, including this one from a less than sympathetic Anonymous:

"Sorry, healthcare is just another service industry. What doctors do is highly risky -- their mistakes are costly." What Levy seems to say is that "doctors are such a superior lot," they shouldn't have to pay, Anonymous writes, adding, "You all a bunch of Albert Schweitzers in Lexuses."

Another anonymous poster had this to say:

"I can certainly feel sympathy for the physician, but truthfully, the bulk of my sympathy is reserved for the patient who is actually injured by the negligence of a physician."

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 12:19 PM
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