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Why don't doctors talk about mistakes others make?

When one doctor was asked about his colleagues and the mistakes they made on the job, he did not need to think long or hard. He said that he knew exactly who made mistakes because patients often came to him to have them fixed.

This raises a lot of questions, one of which is why doctors don't talk to patients more often to about their colleagues and the errors they make. Within the community, doctors often remain silent even when they notice mistakes.

There are numerous reasons, of course. For one thing, doctors often refer patients back and forth. This is a direct source of income and work. No one wants to tell patients about errors and then never get referrals from the doctors who made those errors.

On top of that, doctors may be concerned that a medical malpractice case is coming. Not wanting to be involved in any fashion, they stay quiet.

They also don't want to get other doctors in legal trouble. Though they may not feel it's ethical to keep their mouths shut, these are people they know and work with.

Some doctors have said that they don't stay fully silent. While they may not tell the patients, they may tell the doctors who made the errors. In this way, they still get to address the problem.

Making mistakes and then ignoring them or even covering them up can be very problematic for patients, putting their health and even their lives on the line. If you think that doctors stayed silent and didn't tell you about mistakes when they were obligated to do so, you may want to look into your rights to compensation.

Source: Propublica, "Why Doctors Stay Mum About Mistakes Their Colleagues Make," Marshall Allen, accessed May 06, 2017

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