The former patients of a surgeon recently filed lawsuits against the hospital that hosted him, arguing that it had knowledge that the doctor was an "an egomaniac, mentally ill, an alcoholic, drug addict or a combination thereof."
This week, the official journal of the American College of Chest Physicians published an article that takes a different perspective on medical malpractice. Instead of complaining of the unfair hassles that plague doctors after a dangerous mistake, this article effectively debunked common myths about medical malpractice. Two of these myths are particularly relevant.
In the last few weeks, a number of publications have focused stories on the unpleasant experience of a medical malpractice lawsuit from the perspective of the physician. These articles sprang out of a recent study that looked at how much of a physician's career is spent "fighting" medical malpractice claims.
For many Americans, age is often an important indicator that a doctor has more experience. We tend to trust professionals who have spent more time working with similar patients. To a certain extent, that's probably a fair assessment. However, experts are beginning to come forward with concerns about the medical profession. Many doctors continue to work well past the age at which most people would retire - this has big safety implications for patients as doctors' health begins to deteriorate as well.