Fischell_2In 2005, Dr. Robert Fischell was awarded a TED prize. TED—an annual event where America's leading thinkers and doers gather for inspiration—awards three TED Prizes each year to individuals who have shown that they can, in some way, positively impact life on this planet. Dr. Fischell was granted three wishes, $100,000 and the TED Community's resources to help leverage his efforts.

One of Dr. Fischell's three wishes was to do something about America's medical liability crisis. The lines are blurred and confusion reigns on all sides of the issue.

• In states across the country, ob-gyns and other specialists are closing up shop as they face skyrocketing malpractice insurance rates.

• Frivolous malpractice lawsuits clog the nation's court system while legitimate malpractice cases flounder.

• Patients are suffering as health care costs rise and care options decrease.

• Doctors, fearful of lawsuits, prescribe more tests and procedures than are necessary.

A Brain Trust of innovative thinkers from the TED Community was formed to rethink America's approach to medical liability. Dr. Fischell and this group wanted to find real solutions. One of the best answers they found was Common Good, a national nonprofit coalition championing the creation of special health courts. Bi-partisan momentum is building to establish an independent system of health courts, which would address medical malpractice claims. For more information, please visit

ThisMakesMeSick is Dr. Fischell's and TED's strongest effort to bring awareness to the medical liability crisis and lead people to Common Good and other groups that are working to save America's healthcare system.


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  • ThisMakesMeSick answers renowned medical inventor Dr. Robert Fischell's wish to spread awareness (and outrage!) about the medical liability crisis that's ruining our healthcare system.

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    • Fretted over rising malpractice premiums?

    • Signed a truly unbelievable medical liability waiver?

    • Faced a frivolous lawsuit?

    • Dealt with a doctor or a hospital who wouldn't take responsiblity for their actions?

    • Practiced defensive medicine?

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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

    Read more CRISIS BY NUMBERS, here.

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