DOCTORS AND MALPRACTICE PREMIUMS . . . On Tuesday, a front-page story in the Wall Street Journal began like this:
Anesthesiologists pay less for malpractice insurance today, in constant dollars, than they did 20 years ago. That's mainly because some anesthesiologists chose a path many doctors in other specialties did not. Rather than pushing for laws that would protect them against patient lawsuits, these anesthesiologists focused on improving patient safety.
While noting that "many anesthesiologists also support legislative moves to rein in malpractice suits," the article also says that "some doctors in other fields are praising them for choosing a different response"--that is, focusing on patient safety rather than legislative protections.
Though the WSJ generally isn't available online, I found the article republished, apparently in full, at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "One group of doctors changes its ways." Thanks for the posting idea to Helen Gunnarsson's ISBA Trial Practice Update, which is available via e-mail to members of the Illinois State Bar Association.