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CShine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-13-04 08:54 PM
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Frustrated by Malpractice Cases, Doctor Proposes Not Treating Some Lawyers
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CHICAGO (AP) - A doctor's proposal asking the American Medical Association to endorse refusing care to attorneys involved in medical malpractice cases drew an angry response from colleagues Sunday at the annual meeting of the nation's largest physicians group. Many doctors stood up to denounce the resolution in passionate speeches - even after its sponsor, Dr. J. Chris Hawk, asked that it be withdrawn.

Hawk, a South Carolina surgeon, said he made the proposal to draw attention to rising medical malpractice costs. The resolution asks that the AMA tell doctors that - except in emergencies - it is not unethical to refuse care to plaintiffs' attorneys and their spouses.

"It expresses the frustration I have with a broken system," said Hawk. He said doctors are leaving his state or retiring early because of insurance premiums - making it harder for patients to receive care.
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  -Frustrated by Malpractice Cases, Doctor Proposes Not Treating Some Lawyers CShine  Jun-13-04 08:54 PM   #0 
  - Why Not Eliminate The Few Doctors Who Are Responsible  cryingshame   Jun-13-04 08:58 PM   #1 
  - I concur....  PaDUer   Jun-13-04 09:03 PM   #3 
  - including the yahoo who  DinoBoy   Jun-13-04 09:05 PM   #4 
     - Absolutely...  PaDUer   Jun-13-04 09:44 PM   #14 
  - GMTA! 5% of docs are responsible for 50% of  Warpy   Jun-13-04 09:09 PM   #6 
  - wrong!  lil-petunia   Jun-14-04 07:21 AM   #23 
  - We Always Hear About Accountability For Educators,...  jayfish   Jun-13-04 09:39 PM   #13 
  - They should be boycotting thier malpratice carriers  kanrok   Jun-13-04 08:59 PM   #2 
  - Exactly!  liberalhistorian   Jun-13-04 09:14 PM   #10 
     - Not to mention...  DavidFL   Jun-14-04 06:45 AM   #21 
  - This probably won't go anywhere...  punpirate   Jun-13-04 09:08 PM   #5 
  - I hate the "malpractice myth".  Hamlette   Jun-13-04 09:10 PM   #7 
  - What About Their Hypocrit...err...Hippocratic Oath?  Labor_Ready   Jun-13-04 09:10 PM   #8 
  - WTF? Jesus H. Christ on rollerblades,  liberalhistorian   Jun-13-04 09:35 PM   #12 
  - Couldn't Get the Article From NPR Without Ordering a Transcript  Labor_Ready   Jun-13-04 10:02 PM   #16 
  - OK, what about Hippocratic Oaths?  muriel_volestrangler   Jun-14-04 05:42 AM   #20 
  - The lawyers aren't the problem...  gmoney   Jun-13-04 09:11 PM   #9 
  - Hate ALL Those Dam Trial Lawyers!!  Torgo4   Jun-13-04 09:15 PM   #11 
  - It's one doc, denounced vehemently by his colleagues.  HuckleB   Jun-13-04 09:48 PM   #15 
  - Isn't he from the same state  lil-petunia   Jun-14-04 07:23 AM   #24 
     - Do you have a point?  HuckleB   Jun-14-04 11:44 AM   #25 
     - Ahem...not ALL SC'ers are nut cases ... we have a growing DU contingent ..  SayitAintSo   Jun-14-04 12:09 PM   #27 
  - This lawyer proposes not representing bad doctors.  MikeG   Jun-13-04 10:16 PM   #17 
  - What an original and insightful response.  HuckleB   Jun-13-04 11:22 PM   #18 
     - Why thank you. I thought so.  MikeG   Jun-13-04 11:26 PM   #19 
  - This is a case of misplaced anger IMHO...  deseo   Jun-14-04 07:06 AM   #22 
  - If this ever does get adopted by the AMA, the ABA should counter  Sandpiper   Jun-14-04 11:49 AM   #26 
  - Again, it's one doctor, rebuffed vehemently by his colleagues.  HuckleB   Jun-14-04 12:15 PM   #28 
     - I understand  Sandpiper   Jun-14-04 12:29 PM   #29 
  - Doctors already shun colleagues who testify against other docs  AngryAmish   Jun-14-04 12:36 PM   #30 

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