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To: Tamsey
These kinds of lawsuits make me sick. So many good OBs don't even want to practice any more because of these horrible suits. Birth is difficult. There should be a sign on the delivery room door (like there is at my ice rink) that if you enter, you are taking upon yourself the inherent risks in the activity.

Not that there is never gross malpractice, but it is rarer than lawsuits by distraught parents of newborns with problems. In a difficult birth, a doctor may have a couple of choices and seconds to make them. In many cases, it is the parents themselves, trying NOT to have a C-section. It is unfair to sue doctors for millions because they made a decision based on the best knowledge and experience they have, and then something goes or is wrong with the baby!

3 posted on 01/20/2004 10:48:30 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle
I know what you mean, I live in PA and we are going through a bit of a medical crisis here with doctors leaving to practice in other states.
4 posted on 01/20/2004 11:07:30 PM PST by Tamzee (W '04..... America may not survive a Democrat this time!)
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To: Yaelle
So many good OBs don't even want to practice any more because of these horrible suits.

My niece is finishing her OB/GYN residency this year. While her husband has one more year of his neurologist residency and a research fellowship to follow, she plans to, and these are her words, go to Law School and do an Edwards. Further, she explained to me, why pay half her earnings to an insurance company for malpractice coverage when taking courses not even half as stringent as 4 years of Medical School and a bar exam less than a tenth as difficult as medical boards will mean she'll earn as much as 3 times more without the day to day complexity of her medical practice and without the $100,000 insurance premiums.

In my opinion, she'll do it and do it well. She was summa cum laude in two majors in college, fifth in her medical school class.

8 posted on 01/21/2004 4:32:21 AM PST by woofer
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