We invite those suspicious of a doc’s stand on the medical malpractice situation to take a read of the November 14, 2005 issue of The New Yorker. Surgeon and author Dr. Atul Gawande pens a remarkably candid piece, “Bad Medicine: Who Pays the Price When Patients Sue Doctors?" Check it out as he follows Barry Lang, a malpractice attorney who was a pediatric orthopedic surgeon for 23 years. Though the article is only available in the mag, Dr. Gawande sits down for a Q & A that’s available on-line. You’ll be surprised. Excerpt below.
What is the toll of malpractice on doctors?
.... Almost every case, when it’s settled, is sealed, and it can become hard to know what the patterns of failure in medicine are. In the airline industry, if there’s an accident, they can do an investigation and share information and figure out when there are certain patterns that suggest what things can be done to improve safety. We really haven’t been able to do that.
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