Wednesday, March 26, 2003

A note to doctors who are worried about medical malpractice insurance premiums, and indeed about lawsuits in general:

If your patient, or former patient, asks you why you did something, answer it. Forty percent of our cases -- yes, I'm keeping track -- come from people who wouldn't've bothered, except the doctor replies to questions like that with (I'm not making this up): "I don't have to answer that," or "You wouldn't understand."

Look, I know that your patients won't understand most of what you tell them. Trust me; they end up in my office with some regularity. But you can stop a lot of them before they go anywhere near the "Attorneys" section of the Yellow Pages by tamping down the God Complex just a bit.

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