Friday, June 29, 2007

Medical Cartoon

Medical Cartoon 7018
Read through the medical blogs and you will see that doctors, especially the ER Docs feel they should order tests even if they believe they are unnecessary to protect themselves thanks to our overly litigious society.

6 comments:

patientanonymous said...

Interesting thought about the "legalities" and malpractice. Sometimes I think they just order a battery of tests because they haven't got the slightest clue what is wrong with you...

We're not overly litigious up here of course, mind you...no, nothing gets to court re: doctors unless there is a MASSIVE screw up and even then... Wow, I'm wracking my brain just to even think of anything.

SeaSpray said...

That is amazing - doctors NOT having to worry about lawsuits!

I just think it is so wrong that people try to make money that way and they don't care if they hurt the doctor, the practice or anyone else.

And it's not just medicine but it seems some people just look for reasons to sue.

I could have a couple of times but I would not want to do that. One time involved my eating a salad with chards of broken glass in it. :)

patientanonymous said...

Well, I don't think it's so much that they don't worry about it...I'm not a physician. I just think that it doesn't happen that often. I'm not a lawyer either so here I go speaking completely out of turn (recall me trying to tell you about our medical system...groan...) but it just seems the way our legal system works that it's rare that Torts get all the way to that level.

I think the way the process works is that you need to complain to the College of Physicians and Surgeons and they can get a wee slap on the wrist or if it's *really* bad, I suppose you could hire a lawyer. But for what you may gain, you might lose in court costs. Unless it may be massive damage to a whole bunch of people and some version of a collective suit but how often does that happen to one doctor?! That might be more against a drug company or something and suing Big Pharma is impossible. Well, perhaps not but you still have to prove major damages...some man got, I think, a large settlement from the whole Vioxx scandal? But how much again did his lawyer take?

I think I've also mentioned that our College of Physicians and Surgeons is useless in terms of handling MDs who mess up. Or maybe I haven't. I don't know. Or maybe I've just told someone about it somewhere...I'm hating my brain today.

Anyway, I guess I'm saying it here. I recall trying to find a psychiatrist and according to our provincial website (which tends to be grossly out of date anyway) someone was still practising who had drank alcohol and was sexually inappropriate with a patient! Why yes, I think I'll call him up!

His "punishment?" On the website it was shown that he had to pay a minimal fine and take some stupid course. Please!

Now, I don't know if there was any legal action taken...perhaps, perhaps not but another thing to consider is also that it might not even get to court as sometimes things may be settled "out of court" to keep everything quiet. And if the College's punishment was so little, what would "the law" say?

I have a story to tell as well...rather complicated...not quite "malpractice" dependent upon your definition but with possible ramifications widespread for persons with "disabilities" even though I don't feel I am disabled. However, I needed to basically classify myself that way. I have not blogged about it because it's too damn complicated and well...I don't know...it's just so awfully messy.

But it could have gone to court though not against the MD--even though he royally messed up. And it wouldn't have been a Tort. I wasn't going for damages, I was going "to bat" for myself and all the other "disabled" people out there. Yes, PA the advocate and it was one of the scariest experiences of my life.

Perhaps that's another reason why I haven't blogged about it because it would just open up a whole can of worms and it's just too close to my heart--as if I don't blog about enough personal stuff already. Only a few people know about it in my life.

Regardless, it didn't make it to court which is good. The best outcome as it probably would have killed me. And thankfully I found a lawyer whom I didn't have to pay (not legal aid mind you as I work) but an advocacy group that I managed to convince that the issue was bigger than "just me."

Oh my god I can't even believe I wrote this in your comment section!

Crap!

*PA wants to run away and hide and shut down her blog now!*

And no, salad with broken glass is not good! Here, most if not all would not sue, they would just return it or ask for perhaps a free meal? They might consider suing if they got hurt.

patientanonymous said...

Addendum...why do you make me spew my guts on your blog?

I'm only supposed to spew my guts on MY blog!

*PA bangs head on MacBook*

*PA still thinking of shutting down her blog*

*PA shakes head*

SeaSpray said...

Hi PA - I am sorry you have had to go through the stuff you have but am glad the court thing worked out for the better.

You are welcome to go off topic hear anytime you want to. God knows I do that in other places. I also tend to post long comments unless I am really tired. We will see what happens when I go back to work. I do love this hobby though - the writing, the other blogs and meeting nice /interesting people.

I am totally addicted to this
hobby! UPS just delivered my blogaholics anonymous mug I ordered from moof's store. It has my SeaSpray logo on it with my name in the lower r corner (facing front) and then the blogaholic in cyen on the back of mug. :)

I see NHS blog doctor picked up my post on socialized medicine. At first I was concerned because I thought it was in a list of what he calls "wankers" but then that's just what he called some of them. He calls mine "More insight from across the pond". The internet is truly amazing that we can all communicate with each other from around the world - in seconds or with our neighbor next door.

Regarding the glass - it ruined my night believe me. I was honestly afraid I might end up with a perforated intestine or something. I was nice about it and they offered a free dessert. In retrospect it should have been a free dinner. I absolutely believe there are people out there that would claim emotional damage for a suit. I think they would win something too. Not me tho - I was just glad I was ok but I was uneasy for a couple of days. Mistakes happen.

Why are you thinking of closing your blog?

patientanonymous said...

I know, I've become a little too addicted to blogging as well and I need to slow down. I'm not even sure how it all started!

In April, I was writing a post every day. Well, that's coincidentally when my personal life started to unravel so that may have had something to do with it? Since then I just haven't stopped. I've been wrestling with trying to put the brakes on but I still don't seem to be able to do it. Perhaps going back to work might allow that to happen but I still will have my evenings--and some afternoons until I go back full time.

To answer your last question first, I was only joking about shutting down my blog--just because I had partially disclosed something so personal here. Although I will tell you that shutting down my blog has crossed my mind--really, it has.

Lately I have really questioned the validity of it. What point does it serve? I always maintained that if it helped one person (which it has--more than that which is nice) than it has done it's job. Well, what about now? All I seem to be doing is writing about pointless things. And it feels more than just "blogging angst."

Since my blog is so deeply personal, it's almost like a mirror. If I am not happy with myself (I'm not particularly happy with myself/life at the moment) then that gets translated to my blog.

You follow?

And yes, it has been suggested for the nth time to try and blog about "other, happier things" when you feel like crap but after hearing that several times and thinking about it, it's like the blogging equivalent of "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" when you're depressed.

In a sense, it all seems rather stupid because it sounds like I've made blogging my life. I haven't. But it does take up a large portion of my time and it is still something that I like to do (and believe me...that list is VERY short!)

So not to worry...my blog isn't going anywhere. I know if I shut it down I would miss it too much.

Oh no! My blabbermouth crap-o-la talk is on NHS Blog Doc's blog! Believe me, after everyone reads that, PA will be placed in the wanker category!

*PA hangs head in embarrassment*

Now I've really got to shut down my blog...

Cool about the mug...didn't even know Moof had a store haha. I should check it out.

Okay, I completely misunderstood about the glass. I didn't know you ATE it! I thought you just found it! Oh, that's very dangerous...can tear any part of your gastrointestinal tract and result in internal bleeding and all sorts of yucky stuff.

If it's small enough, you'll be alright (as you were, thank goodness) but if large, may require intervention to have it removed?