Preaching of Another Sort: The medical malpractice insurance crisis is tempting physicians to preach it in their practices. As strongly as I feel about the tort reform, this is just wrong. Politics don't belong in the exam room. That time should be devoted entirely to the patient's needs, with no distractions. If they want to campaign for tort reform, they should do it outside the office.
ANOTHER OPINION: From a reader - "I believe patients should hear from their physicians the difficulty and potential consequences to their health care from the medical malpractice crisis. Patients may hear these things on TV or read them in the papers and never think that it will affect them or their doctor. Look at how the lawyers get their messages out. Example: hospital employees are placed on retainers by lawyers for funneling so called injured patients in their directions. Have you looked at the phone book lately that's placed in every room throughout our hospital at least where there is a phone? I will bet you that there are ads on the outside for personal injury attorneys. The last one that I saw had a full page front cover ad attached with a light glue( for easy removal) on every copy. This is not a fair fight." posted by Sydney on
10/10/2002 08:17:00 AM