Sunday, April 10, 2005

We're not just blowing smoke...

The medical malpractice problem in this country is real. It doesn't take a genius to understand that the constant threat of legal action adversely affects how physicians see (as potential legal adversaries) and treat (with defensive medicine) their patients.

It's long past time for a new system. While there are docs who provide inadequate or outright bad care, sometimes things just don't go right in medicine.....just like in all other aspects of life. We are free, even encouraged, to purchase travel insurance in case a hurricane disrupts your expensive island vacation. Why can we not offer "unexpected outcome" insurance for patients at the time they sign their consent forms for surgery? It would certainly be cheaper, and far more honest, than the current malpractice process, which makes adversaries out of people who should focus on trying to help patients get well.