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Getting sued

Discussion in 'Radiology' started by question, 10.15.02.

  1. question

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    One of biggest concerns about Radiology is the high rate of malpractice. I heard that Radiologists get sued 4x as much as other docs (I think these were mainly primary care docs). I'm a fourth year student applying to radiology but thought of getting sued this much makes me cringe (how will getting sued affect my self-confidence)?:(
  2. xraydoc

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    Certainly this is a concern for all physicians, the specialists even more so. The cost of malpractice varies widely dependant on the area of the country and the type of specialty, not necessarily on the history of the physician. Some OB Gyns in Florida are paying 200K a year in malpractice insurance. Radiology is at least in the top 5 sued specialtys depending on what factors you look at. The cost will vary widely as well, but is increasing all the time. Malpractice insurance is now only profitable in 14 states and this is decreasing all the time.

    So expect to be sued because it will probably happen. I just consider it part of the game I must play in order to have the rewards I seek. Remember that the lawsuit doesn't have any bearing on how skilled of a physician you are. They also will not go after your personal assets unless they feel that you are flaunting the system. It also usually does not affect your ability to practice. The price of malpractice insurance is usually included in your salary if you are a radiologist. You don't pay extra for it.

    Academics is a little better because you are sheltered by a government entity and your case exposure is less.
  3. jason952

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    tiwce this week i have heard that the retrospectoscope is 20/20, we should always practice with the prospectoscope! F 'em!

    Jason

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