A Real Solution to Medical Malpractice
by Winston Smith, Fri Jul 14, 2006 at 01:31:51 AM EDT
I would like to propose a solution to the problem of incompetent physicians who are allowed to continue practicing medicine after settling a malpractice suit, or being found liable in a malpractice suit. They should have their license to practice medicine revoked. This is only logical. Once the bad doctors can no longer practice medicine, we wont have to worry about malpractice.
And we all know there are bad doctors out there. I think it is great that there is a legal remedy to address this incompetence in the lawsuit. The problem is that once a bad doctor is exposed, and has to pay money to their victims, they are still allowed to practice without having any other penalty imposed. What kind of fucked-up society do we live in that would tolerate this travesty? What other profession is afforded this preferential treatment?
Look, if a bus driver was found to be liable for maiming or killing their passengers, would they be allowed to pay off their victims, and STILL BE ALLOWED TO DRIVE THE BUS? Fuck no! So why do doctors think they are better than bus drivers?
Some people may say, "Doctors are only human, they might not be total quacks if they make just one mistake." Ok, lets assume that's true. As a compromise, I suggest that the first time a doctor harms a patient, the medical license may be revoked for a period of time, let's say a year. The guilty physician may use that time to both remediate basic medical education, and reflect on the pain and suffering they caused to their innocent victims.
Now, you may think that, as a physician myself, I am being sarcastic. I am not. I believe this would help bring some closure to this endless debate. Maybe once people realize that they can no longer receive emergency medical care, or obstetrical care, and all specialties suffer serious physician shortages, we can re-evaluate how, as a society, we address the problems of medical errors.