Bill to disclose malpractice data gets scaled back

  • Article by: RICHARD MERYHEW and GLENN HOWATT , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: March 13, 2012 - 10:31 PM

Minnesota Medical Association pushed to exclude court settlements.

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fwallenMar. 13, 1210:45 PM

Sad that citizens are again stymied in attempts at transparency. Follow the money and push for term limits.

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jcinmnMar. 14, 1212:53 AM

Its a small step but a step that has been need for decades. The only way we're going to stem the increased cost of medical care is to get rid of the bad physicians. Why is it that the Regressives are so hell bent on weeding out the bad teachers and so timid about weeding out the bad physicians? Oh! Yeah! The physicians are in the wealthy class which the Regressives are sworn to protect.

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catfishbillyMar. 14, 12 1:34 AM

This doesn't even make sense? How about we do this with car-insurance, Where only judgements from a judge and Jury, go on our accident/traffic record, and if we pay our tickets thats also settling out of court right?. Politicians are just pieces of fleeced pocket trash.

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meegwichMar. 14, 12 5:13 AM

How ignorant we all are. Here we thought we elected legislators to represent US, the citizens, the residents of Minnesota and make and pass laws that would benefit and protect US. Now after all these years I've come to believe we should have been hiring the "Lobbyist" the whole time. Shame on me. This is a classic case of the fox guarding the hen-house. Shame on every legislator that allows themselves to be "bullied" by the Medical Association, and every citizen should remember which legislator's were. How ironic, you can go online and look up the complete history of your potential new(used) car, every accident, roll-over, title transfer...and yet, the residents of Minnesota are considered to lame to possibly understand a malpractice suit against some doctor. Society created this "deity" imagine of doctors and society needs to change how they view things. What a farce.

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italy11Mar. 14, 12 5:49 AM

the purpose of licensing physicians is to protect the public. Doesn't appear that the legislature is taking their role in this protection feature very seriously. If the MMA speaks for its members, who gets to speak for the consumer...definitely not our legislators!

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nonewtaxesMar. 14, 12 7:14 AM

This is not as simple as it looks on the surface. How does a good physician protect his reputation against bogus lawsuits that are stirred up by greedy lawyers. It is often much cheaper for the insurance carrier to simply settle, than to go to trial. We all pay for this abuse of the system as well.

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ropedinMar. 14, 12 9:25 AM

If it is supposed to make people feel better about doctors in MN, it doesn't. In fact, it makes you wonder why legislators are doing anything at all... On the other hand, there will be lobbyest getting healthy bonuses!

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hockeyfoxMar. 14, 1210:45 AM

I have a good friend that was permanently crippled by a botched surgery. He won a large lawsuit, but we came to find out that he had settled or was in the process of defending other lawsuits. Had he had access to this info prior to his surgery, he would have chosen a different surgeon. It is the MMA's obligation to make sure we have ALL the facts. Once again lobbyists win out.

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HotsplitterMar. 14, 1211:32 AM

Very good article, but a MAJOR expose is needed on Minnesota's failure to properly discipline bad doctors. I have the background to know this since all three of my younger bros. are MD's. Minnesota is ranked as the WORST state in malpractice disclosure and discipling bad docs. Take a look at the makeup of the Board, I believe 11 of the 16 at last count were MD's. At most, 4-6 Board members should be doctors, the rest should be citizens of one sort or another. We had a saying at law school, "Doctors bury their mistakes", and nowhere is it more evident than here. Also, this is another case of expensive lobbyists protecting their client. Kiffmeyer should be severely publicly reprimanded by the press for being a Repub "Regressive" lackey.

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