We thought it was a good a day to thank a few of the many smart minds who have contributed guest pieces to ThisMakesMeSick over the past six months. They've helped bring a personal voice to uncovering—and overcoming—the liability mess.
We’ve gotten great support since the beginning from Philip Howard and the crew at Common Good who are helping bring special health courts to states across the nation. Howard wrote a powerful piece about hospitals’ fear of lawsuits helping allow a nurse, Charles Cullen, to kill at least 29 patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Read
Doug Wojcieszak first asked when he joined the TMMS squad: "What if you could lower lawsuits and litigation costs without any politics?" Read
Dr. Eric Novack started the first of his many guest columns by flatly stating: “Solving the medical liability crisis will require medicine embracing the legal system. That sounds like complete heresy coming from an actively practicing surgeon!” Read
We got the real political deal of trying to clean up the medical liability mess from U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry. He watched the wind blowing the special health court sails disappear like magic as a fellow congressman’s support for the solution vanished: “the Association of Trial Lawyers caught wind of his interest in the bill and they quickly changed his mind by threatening to cut off all campaign contributions.” Read
Muriel in Seattle, an 87-year old grandmother, detailed the nonsense of having to sign liability wavier after wavier while facing a frightening hospital stay over Thanksgiving in 2005: "They stick it right in front of you." Watch
We bet you have something to say. Maybe a sad or chilling experience from the frontlines. A solution that might help ease the liability mess. Or maybe just your two cents. Let it out, here.