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Error-Prone Doctors, Count Your Blessings

Posted by Andrew J. Barovick | Feb 24, 2009 | 0 Comments

Proponents of so called “tort reform,” including many physicians, love to complain about “runaway” verdicts and “sky-rocketing” liaiblity insurance premiums.  But if you live in the Netherlands, you might find yourself less bothered by such petty concerns.  Why?  Because its Health Minister has submitted a bill to parliament that would make medical malpractice a crime punishable by up to nine years in jail , according to RadioNetherlands .

Come to think of it, making medical malpractice a crime here in the U.S. might not be such a bad idea.  There would be no need for medical malpractice liability insurance, and no need for doctors and hospitals to pay premiums of any kind.  And, think about the effect it would have on patient care.  Careless doctors, and they and their colleagues know who they are, would find other lines of work, rather than risk incarceration.

Hey, a guy can dream, can't he?

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Andrew J. Barovick

Mr. Barovick is a graduate of Columbia College and Cardozo School of Law. He began his legal career at the Queens District Attorney’s Office, where he tried over 20 felonies to verdict, and argued an equal number of appeals before the Appellate Division, Second Department, the New York Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


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