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What is the AOA doing to protect us from frivolous lawsuits?

medicine1

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    What is the American Osteopathic Association doing to help protect DOs now and in the future? What can we do as med-students/physicians to help fight back against litigious lawyers, lousy insurance companies and their exorbitant premiums, while trying to achieve our goals? With continous lawsuits, the cost of medical care goes up, and everyone gets hurt in the end. Is there a better way to disipline physicians?
    http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2002/May-19-Sun-2002/news/18770238.html
    Another question:
    What does our future hold in terms of managed care? Military care?
     

    cooldreams

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      1) 100% socialist medicine
      2) eliminate lawyers
      3) eliminate insurance companies
      4) eliminate human error

      any of these would eliminate most lawsuits. :D

      my opinion doesnt really count, but i see that as long as a lawyer can make huge dollars in malprac suits, there will be many many many lawsuits to attempt to get that money.


      me.
       

      medicine1

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        From AOA News/DO-Online

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        Osteopathic Physicians Score Legal Victory

        On January 20, 2005, Dr. Thomas announced a victory for osteopathic physicians nationwide. Two AOA members, Richard W. Banks, DO, and Corey T. Welchlin, DO, won part of their discrimination lawsuit mandating that Hilton Head Regional Medical Center in South Carolina (owned by Tenet Health Care Corporation) amend its bylaws to accept osteopathic certification. The AOA Litigation Fund contributed $15,000 to this lawsuit several weeks ago. The lawsuit will continue to trial on the issue of damages.

        The AOA Litigation Fund is a $50,000 fund that assists AOA members in financing lawsuits involving issues important to the osteopathic medical profession. Lawsuits must meet certain specific criteria and requests will be reviewed by the Litigation Fund Committee. The AOA Executive Committee makes the final decision as to which lawsuits are funded based on the Litigation Fund Committee's recommendation. More about the Litigation Fund.
        (http://do-online.osteotech.org/index.cfm?PageID=ps_pmlitfund)
         
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          An important question is also: What is the AOA doing to increase the number of parking spots at my school? It's really hard to find parking after 9 AM !!! Why is the AOA hanging us to dry?!
           

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            This is interesting...does anyone have any information/news article about this? I'd like to see what Tenet's argument was for denying cert at their hospital...there are other Tenet hospitals that accept DO. You'd think it would have been a company-wide policy and not up to each individual hospital.

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              There should be an overall census and national census of DOs, so that a BC/BE DO can work essentially anywhere in the United States, without having to face stigmatism and discrimination.
               
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