My post described a physician's viewpoint. But blogging opens a window to viewpoints far different from our own. How many doctors have heard this from a patient?
Weirdly enough, if you substituted "doctor" for "lawyer" in most of that article, you'd pretty much have the reaction of non-medical people to dealing with illness, or even a simple doctor's visit.Or this:
Or just about any other stressful issue.
No one wants to be sued wrongfully or maliciously, of course. And no doubt doctors by the nature of their practices are in danger of such suits more than the rest of us. There medical folks have my sympathy.
But I'm not sure why these reactions or feelings about being sued for malpractice should surprise anyone in any way.
I completely agree with the anonymous person who said that you can substitute any of the physician's feelings listed above for the patient's feelings or the feelings of the patient's lawyer---surprise, shock, outrage, anxiety, dread, etc. I was at this point in the late 1990's because of an incompetent neurosurgeon I had. Due to my family, (none of whom have ever been employed in the medical profession), taking me to a completely different hospital in a completely different geographical area, I am fully functional today. But I lost an extremely good job I had recently acquired while I was waiting for the clown to diagnose me properly, and I've never been able to get another job as good since then...(And, yes, the condition I have is a neurological condition that he should easily figured out.)If we were more aware of our patients' emotions, would we practice differently...and would we be sued less frequently?