If a doctor has a history of malpractice suits this is something I want to know BEFORE I agree to have them treat me. If I were required to sign a gag order- I would just walk out and say, â€œSee ya! There are others out there, who are reputable, and do not need to gag their patients.â€
When this is a problem is when the doctor is a â€œbig fish in a small pondâ€ and the patients do not have insurance coverage to go out-of-stateâ€¦ or out-of-network and THE Doctor-in-question is only who their insurance will cover.
The surgeon must had to have really messed up if a patient was to endure a lawyer, the legal fees, the court proceeding and actually WIN the law suitâ€¦ as the alias DR.â€Bâ€ states. (BTW "DR B" are you really a doctor? If not why did you choose this avatar name? I go by Daisy Head Mazy as Dr Seuss very much puts my AN journey in a nutshell with that story)
I had a gut instinct about one particular neurosurgeon who was sending my discernment flags waving all-over-the-place (not to mention my back hairs up)- especially when he was back biting a reputable colleague who I had already met, done research on and had the utmost respect for. When I asked why a translab and baha would be scheduled simultaneously â€“ he said (in front of his intern and my husband) motioning his finger as if he had money in his hand, â€œYou know what this is donâ€™t you? (Referring to the imaginary dollars in his fingers). It is because they know they will take your hearing out and they just want you money!â€
His amazing unprofessionalism blew me, and my husband, away â€¦ worse he was in a teaching capacity role-modeling for med students.
â€¦And I knew there must be something on this guy. (Call it 6th sense
I went home and logged onto www.healthgrades.com
and put in his name.
Sure enough this â€œDr Egoâ€ (not his real name of course
) had malpractice records (plural!). And ironically he has taught a course for other doctors on how to avoid lawsuitsâ€¦.
Funny I have never mentioned his â€œnameâ€ on-line but anyone in my locale, who has met the guy and also interviewed him for AN treatment, knows exactly whom I am talking about. He was so crass and arrogant with them also -that they too had flags. I wondered if he was sued because of incompetence or if he simply has the ability to absolutely infuriate people -with his lack of social graces.
I hope www.heathgrades.com
is here to stay. Yes you have to pay for a report but know the report will state the actual malpractice suits registered by the courts. It will also give you a record of the hospital that the surgeon works with.
Know that from Dr Ego's institution I have also met a few exceptionally professional doctors who are just excellent
â€¦ and sadly this one surgeon (and another he works with) gives the rest a bad name. You would think the medical peers would want a review also done on a colleague -whom does not represent their medical profession well. I know some ANA members in my group who would not go back to one particular institution, for follow up help, as they had been treated so poorly by their surgeon(s)â€¦ and I had to really convince them that NOT all doctors in that particular institution where like that. It actually it took 2 different surgeons presenting to my group, from that specific institution, before some (who so needed help -especially with facial nerve damage issues), would go back there.
2001 this surgeon had more than one law suit against him â€¦ 2008 he was named one of the â€œtop doctorsâ€ by a glossy metropolitan monthly magazine. Know that this magazine nomination is by â€œpeerâ€ review (IE other doctors and nurses NOT patients.) Sounds like a wonderful example of cronyism
Nope- there still needs to be patient feedback.
I have seen numerous doctors: some were dreadful, a few excellent and many somewhere in between. Some doctors are excellent but have weak clinic/office staff â€¦ or visa versa. I have only met a small few that are excellent in both DR and clinic/office staff. In truth I have NOT done an on-line review of ANY of these DRâ€™s... but ones who have been excellent I have mentioned ,by name, on this forum only. I have one who has been just excellent and have refereed many of my fellow ANA buddies to himâ€¦ (Gee maybe I should give him a review so credit is due where it is deserved.) The doctors I know to be terrific I have been sure to let them know that (and fellow patients.) If a doctor or his/her clinic has huge weaknesses - I do actually point this out to them directly
. Some are actually committed to growth and improvement- and receptive to change. If they make no effort to improve and grow- I move on and do not waste too much more time. (This is what this Canadian likes about living in the USA- you have the freedom to choose a doctor. You also have here the freedom of speech. Freedoms that are important to use wisely.)
If a doctor were to serve GAG order, as a condition of taking on a patient- that would be my first flag that the doctor has issues pre-existing
. Donâ€™t sign. You are relinquishing a freedom you forefathers fought SO hard for. Move on to a different doctor.
DHM (Daisy Head Mazy)