Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Bad medicine

I'm skeptical of efforts to cap awards in medical malpractice lawsuits, and this Washington Post article demonstrates why--because the medical establishment seems to be unable to police its own:

Among doctors licensed in the District, Maryland and Virginia, nearly two dozen got in trouble in one jurisdiction and then moved elsewhere to practice, according to a Washington Post analysis of medical board records between 1999 and 2004.

Nationally, 972 physicians during that period were disciplined in one state, then moved at least once more and were disciplined again for a separate infraction, according to federal statistics. Nineteen were disciplined in four or more states over five years.


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