I wanted to post this article here to spark some thought and discussion about the subject matter. If some of your feel this forum isn't a good place for this kind of topic (since so many here are not even in CRNA school yet), please let me know and I can avoid this in the future.
I read this article and was amazed! There are things I disagree with MDA/DOAs over, but this is something I can agree 100% on. Medical malpractice insurance
is an absolute CRIME! Talk about the "...need for tort reform...." This is outrageous!
I appreciate so much about Tenesma and his/her comments (;-)) on this board. I would hope s/he will continue to return here as his/her presence and insight are invalueable to this small forum. We can all learn a lot from him/her and I would hope we can continue to enjoy the input s/he brings! When I think about some of our differences, I also want to contemplate some of the things we share and this is no doubt one of them.
As CRNAs and future CRNAs you should be concerned about the state of malpractice insurance. Both MDAs and CRNAs are paying rates that only continue to rise. What is really frightening is that many policies are written more for the insurance company's benefit than the anesthesia provider.
Some companies have written policies that allow them (the insurance company) to settle a lawsuit (often frivolous) out of court if they believe it will save them money in the long run! The end result? The MDA/CRNA has a "settlement" on their tract record (even though it may have been totally bogus!) and now they may have a difficult time trying to find malpractice insurance and may even have trouble maintaining/obtaining priviledges to practice = thus, possibly threatening their ability to make a living! ...and all for what? Someone is distressed at the loss of a loved one (who may have died due to no fault of the surgeon, anesthesia provider, hospital, etc.) and now wants to $ue!? Sad!
When you have more and more lawsuits like this "settled" just to "make it go away" (and thereby encouraging others to follow suit over the long term), you are creating a monster that will not be easily destroyed. This is the state we are in today.
One of my friends is a surgeon and is one of the most "wonderful individuals" I have had the priviledge to be friends with. She is "gifted" and highly intelligent and such an incredible individual - I just think the world of her! She recently was telling me a little about her practice and how it isn't worth it to go to medical school and practice as a surgeon anymore. She literally says during surgery, "DON'T let your kids/friends/loved ones go to medical school - it doesn't pay anything!" That is a terrible indictment on the state of affairs in practicing medicine as a surgeon today! That is just sad.
There are plenty of fascets to talk about from reading this article, and I'd love to read some of your thoughts reacting to it. I read elsewhere recently where a top neuro-surgeon on the east coast is making about $47k a year after paying all of his business expenses, employess, and malpractice insurance! There's something wrong with this folks.
I am already thinking about options for myself - like either "going commando" (tisk tisk - w/o insurance) or perhaps CRNAs need to start their own "ri$k-pool of $$$ and just take our chances. Of course not all states and hospitals want to grant priviledges without proof of insurance. Lots to think about here folks!