Doctors need supervision

Published: Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 5, 2004 at 9:37 p.m.

A recent article stated that medical malpractice insurance rates may go up 45 percent, and we are all aware that these costs hurt patients as much, or more, than doctors. However, until doctors are more willing to do a better job of policing their ranks, we will continue to see malpractice rates escalate and future medical costs are going to be astronomical.

Doctors who will compromise their own integrity to defend unprofessional conduct by their peers are only hurting themselves more in the long run.

One remedy is for the Florida Board of Medicine to enforce a more diligent discipline of doctors who violate Chapters 456 and 458, Florida Statutes and 64B-8 of the Florida Administrative Code, which refers to "making a misleading, deceptive or fraudulent report" (also a violation of Federal Statute 1001).

Sometimes interaction with the medical community can be more painful and traumatic than the patient's treatment and actual death. Then, when hospital ethics committees and administrators perpetuate this condition by condoning such action in writing, there will be no incentive for change. Covering up appalling situations escalates ethical problems, and malpractice issues will continue to soar as a result.

Please don't say this doesn't happen. I have had personal experience with this same situation.

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