April 04, 2006

Patients Get the Squeeze


March 28, 2006

Caps Aplenty


December 29, 2005

Doctors group's cartoon blames the greedy lawyers

CartoonsIn this corner, weighing in at.... In the increasingly contentious battle over medical liability, lawyers and doctors too often find themselves in separate corners. We don't think it should be this way. A web-cartoon by Protect Patients Now (a project of a 230,000-strong medical specialist outfit) calls out lawyers as the reason that malpractice rates skyrocket, doctors flee and health care options deteriorate. Is it really this simple? Watch and decide for yourself. These sentiments stir the pot, but they don't cure what makes us sick. Watch [Protect Patients Now]

December 12, 2005

What's the caption?

Nycart Each week, the New Yorker sponsors a fill-in the cartoon caption contest. This week's selection by Leo Cullum caught our attention as it sweetly illustrated patient-doc relations and the medical liability scene. You can take part here, but we had a few smart lines of our own:

"I do want to talk about  that malpractice issue, but, what's this about your extramarital affair?"

"Just speak normally. As counsel, he just tells me what I can and can not admit."

Let's hear your witty captions.

November 30, 2005

I didn't learn this in med school. And he didn't pick that up learning the law. Click to enlarge Cartoon4

November 09, 2005

Want fries with that?

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November 04, 2005


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You don't say...

  • "This election destroyed a popular Karl Rove myth. The truth is that trial attorneys are winning, attacks on trial attorneys are backfiring and opponents of the civil justice system are losing."

    The CEO of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America said.

  • "We have discovered that virtually all patients are willing to sign a contract in which they agree not to sue their doctors on frivolous grounds."

    Jeffrey Segal, M.D, a board-certified neurosurgeon and the founder and president of Medical Justice Services, Inc., said.

  • "Low-risk obstetrics has been done here for 60 years, but not anymore."

    Carl Hanson, chief operating officer of the county-run Minidoka Memorial Hospital in southern Idaho hospital's, explained as they get out of the baby business. Read

  • "I have children, and I don't know where they're at."

    Rosalinda Elison, a former patient at the UC Irvine Medical Center’s fertility clinic, said after learning that that her eggs and embryos had been stolen and implanted in another woman who then gave birth to twins.

    Read more You Don't Say, here.

Crisis by numbers:

  • $4.6 million

    New York state grants available to expand the use of electronic medical records. Such initiatives have been hailed nationally as a way to cut medication errors, save money and improve patient safety. LINK

  • $700,000

    Amount raised by Fairness and Accountability in Insurance Reform to oppose malpractice limits in Arizona. LINK

  • $450,000

    Amount the Arizona Medical Association says Arizonans for Access to Health Care has raised to decide whether to push for montetary limits on lawsuits. LINK

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