Medical Malpractice Whiners
This is just the way I see things, and it may be a short sighted or narrow point of view, but I am always open to other peoples views and even being re-educated if I don’t see too clearly on a particular subject.
I hear stories, and I see the news, and I hear complaints all the time about how doctors/physicians are leaving their practice, or leaving the ER of a hospital or even as much as leaving the hospital all together because of the cost of malpractice insurance premiums. One Doctor in Commerce, Ga, left his job as the only On-call General Surgeon at his hospital and took up a teaching job on the side in a public school. I’m sorry….but, BOOHOO! When I hear about things like this, a number of issues come to mind, not the least of which is: Is being a doctor about being a doctor, or about the money, the big house, the expensive luxury car, and the TEE time at the golf course?
When I think about the number of doctors out there, I think of them as an elite group of people who save lives, cure illnesses, and are true humanitarians at heart. Unfortunately, there are 3 kind of doctors we generally see on a regular basis, those that put the Band Aid on, those that find cures, and those that do both. There are an alarmingly few number in the “both” category, and an insanely overabundance of the “Band Aids” category.
What I don’t understand is why a doctor can’t do what the rest of the middle class wage earner does, and that is, live on a budget that affords them a somewhat nice three bedroom home in a not so ritzy neighborhood with an average $30k car that may or may not be brand new, and after paying the “necessities” (like utilities, food, car insurance, medical insurance, etc), end up with only $300 or so a month in “spending” or fun cash. This is not to say that there aren’t far MORE people who have less than that and can’t even afford a car and medical insurance so they have to decide which of the two they need most, let alone have anything left over at the end of the month at all.
A doctor should be “happy” that what he earns pays his [necessary] bills (even if its break even), and pays his medical malpractice insurance even if that premium is the largest bill he has or is 3, 5, 10 times bigger than all his other bills combined IF he is doing it for the love of his work, because in his heart is what drives him, and is the kind of work that he feels gives him the most self worth as well as worth and value to his community, and if he has a couple hundred at the end of the month to use to save up for a vacation once every 3 to 5 years (which is more than most people get to do), then what’s the problem?
To me, there is no problem. All I see is doctors complaining that they will not get to play golf on Friday afternoon, or drive a Mercedes or BMW (or both), and don’t get to build a stock portfolio with the latest and greatest “hot” stock tips, because their malpractice insurance is too costly. I’m sorry, but it appears to me that though the vast majority of doctors are NOT complaining, because they ARE happy that they are making good money and can still pay the extraordinary cost of the malpractice insurance, the rest are the ones making it bad for everyone because of their selfishness and their ill-begotten motive for being a doctor to begin with (money).
It also appears to me that this is not a problem that is isolated to just problematic acute pain in the ass doctors who care more about the money, causing their own grief by not being the best at their job which in turn causes someone to sue them for malpractice, than their work and their patients. It seems to be systemic to include our societal laws, and aggressive lawyers who are “paid to win” not “paid to do what is right”, or “paid to protect the innocent”.
There are so many factors tied into a situation where a doctor is sued for malpractice to range from a “sue happy America” who will sue for any reason to get something for nothing, to the malpractice insurance company who will send their best lawyer in so the insurance company wont have to pay, but instead do what THEY are in business for, and that is to take in the doctor’s premiums, NOT pay out on malpractice claims. There are, of course, far more issues tied into this one, but it all leads to one end result about making money, and not doing your job because of what it means to you as a person, and that is, “the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer”, and then a few bad apples like the whiners and complaining few rich doctors and lawyers and insurance companies, make it worse for everyone because they didn’t get to play golf that week.