Why we need medical malpractice reform


A familiar face appeared on the television screen while I was watching Anderson Cooper 360º last week. An obstetrician, who had delivered the babies of a friend of mine and his wife (both physicians), was telling the story of a patient whose uterus had burst during labor -- a medical emergency that can result in death if not handled immediately and properly.

The doctor performed a hysterectomy and, after what sounded like a harrowing experience, both mother and baby were fine. The doctor described how she was so concerned for her patient's well-being that she cancelled her office appointments for several days to spend time at the patient's bedside and monitor her care.

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