Dr Fragen in the operating room

We're not just blowing smoke…


[Aggravated DocSurg](http://docsurg.blogspot.com/2005/04/were-not-just-blowing-smoke.html)
>The medical malpractice problem in this country is _**real**_.
>It’s long past time for a new system. While there are docs who provide inadequate or outright bad care, sometimes things just don’t go right in medicine…..just like in all other aspects of life. We are free, even encouraged, to purchase travel insurance in case a hurricane disrupts your expensive island vacation. Why can we not offer ** “unexpected outcome” insurance** for patients at the time they sign their consent forms for surgery? It would certainly be cheaper, and far more _**honest**_ than the current malpractice process, which makes adversaries out of people who should focus on trying to help patients get well.
This is clearly a potential solution but not one likely to be employed. Perhaps we, as physicians and surgeons, need to see about offering something like this to our patients directly from our offices. Hmm, now I wonder whether any insurance company would write such a policy.