Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Doctors Hide Clinical MistakesJanuary 17, 2017
If you asked a doctor whether covering up or hiding a medical mistake is an acceptable thing to do, you might assume that the answer would be a definitive no. Surprisingly, according to a Medscape report, this may not be the case. Since 2014, the number of physicians who said that it is never acceptable to hide a clinical mistake decreased from 91 percent to only 78 percent.
The Medscape ethics survey included responses from over 7,500 doctors representing more than 25 specialties. Sixty-three percent of responders were female, approximately 25 percent were either internal medicine or family practice physicians, 30 percent worked in a hospital setting, and 40 percent worked in an office, either in a solo practice or part of a group practice. The report revealed the following key trends:
- While the past two years has shown a growing number of physicians who are more willing to hide medical mistakes, hospitals are more likely to voluntarily report mistakes, apologize for them, and offer compensation in an effort to avoid medical malpractice.
- The American Medical Association has a Code of Medical Ethics that requires physicians to disclose all medical errors without exception.
- Just over 50 percent of respondents said they would discourage a patient to have a procedure performed by a fellow doctor whose abilities are questionable. Another 34 percent said that it would depend on the circumstances.
- From a budgetary standpoint, 78 percent of physicians reported they would continue the best course of treatment even if it meant incurring penalties for exceeding the budget.
- Approximately 45 percent of physicians said they would prescribe a placebo for a patient who demanded treatment that the physician felt was not necessary. This figure is close to twice the number of physicians who reported that they would proceed with this method of treatment in 2010.
- The percentage of doctors who agreed that they should undergo random drug and alcohol testing was evenly split at 41 percent for, and 42 percent against.
- Twenty-five percent of physicians surveyed did not feel that they should receive mandatory flu shots.
Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victim of Medical Mistakes
In addition to providing quality medical care, we expect physicians to have a high degree of honesty and integrity. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a medical mistake and you believe that the physician tried to hide the mistake, you are urged to contact the Maryland medical malpractice lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton as soon as possible. We take these matters very seriously and will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the financial compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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