Feb 28 2009

Indian Doctors Arrested After Hepatitis Outbreak

In one of my February 25th postings, “Error-Prone Doctors, Count Your Blessings,” I brought up the relationship between medical malpractice and criminal prosecution that exists in The Netherlands, where a bill before parliament may result in prison sentences for up to 9 years for physicians who commit “serious” malpractice. Perhaps you thought, “Interesting, but we’ll never [...]

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Feb 28 2009

Imaginative Physician Energizes Patient By Singing Outside the Box

OK, I know it’s a little corny, and indeed, this story concerns a rural doctor, but thanks to KevinMD, we have been reminded that there are physicians who will go to any lengths to help their patients.  Aware of how badly her elderly patient needed to be brought out of his delerium following hip surgery, this [...]

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Feb 27 2009

Ex Practitioner Data Bank Exec No Fan of “Tort Reform”

Robert Oshel, a former associate director of the Division of the Practitioner Data Banks at the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, spoke out recently in the Baltimore Sun.  (H/T to  Illinois Medical Malpractice Blog.)  In response to the concerns of physicians worried about increasing malpractice insurance rates, Mr. Oshel wrote, “The solution to high [...]

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