Archives for May 8, 2006

Required Reading from Respectful Insolence

Respectful Insolence: A sign of the times

When you hear there is no medmal problem in America, consider this little bit of anecdotal evidence:


One question that is inevitable is whether or not I had ever been sued. The question usually asked (1) whether I had been sued in the last three to five years (the exact time depending upon the company) or (2) whether I had ever settled a case out of court. If the answer was "yes," then inevitably would follow the request for full details of the case. Last week, I was filling out one of these forms, when I came across the usual question, but its form was vastly different than what I remembered from previous applications in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.

Has there been, within the past five years, more than one malpractice judgment found against you or malpractice settlement made, with or without prejudice, in excess of $50,000?

Notice the difference. The insurance company no longer asks if you’ve been sued. It only asks if you’ve lost or settled more than one malpractice suit for more than $50,000 in the last five years. The assumption is clearly that many good physicians will not only have been sued in the last five years, but will have lost or settled one case for more than $50,000!

Read the whole thing.


Hat tip to Overlawyered 

How Hard is Medical School?

How Hard is Medical School? was the question, and Tulane MS1 Niels Olson answers:

I found this question in my site statistics. Someone had typed that question into a search engine, and one of my pages came up. It’s a tough question to answer, because it’s relative. I mean, really, hard compare to what? Compared to qualifying as a tactical action officer in the Navy? Well, not really, but then, that didn’t take four years. Harder than labor? My wife assures me med school isn’t that bad, but that labor only lasts so long, though I’m sure it must seem like forever.

‘Medical school isn’t hard, there’s just so much of it’ is what all the docs told me before I started. I tend to agree there….

It’s really a pretty good answer (better than my “it’s like trying to get a drink out of a fire hydrant” routine answer), and perhaps you’ll agree.