Doctors Don’t Want Patients Talking Online

We’ve all heard the term medical malpractice. There are an estimated 100,000 medical errors caused every year and often it is the same doctor who hurts patients.

In an ideal world, the medical profession would have tighter oversight over doctors who are not professional. But instead, doctors would just like you to stop talking negatively about them online.

A new service, Medical Justice, forces dissatisfied patients to keep quiet.

When you sign up with a new doctor, look for the form in the pile you are asked to sign. It’s called the “Mutual Agreement to Maintain Privacy” form, and the patient promises they “will not denigrate, defame, disparage, or cast aspersions upon,” the doctor on the Internet and will prevent friends and family from doing so as well.

Nationwide, about 2,000 doctors have joined Medical Justice, a Greensboro, North Carolina company that provides the forms to doctors for their patients to sign.

Medical Justice founder and neurosurgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Segal, formed the company in 2002 to prevent so-called “frivolous lawsuits.” a favorite phrase of the business-backed tort reform campaign.

Doctors join the group who “feel the pressure,” as the web site says.

“Each year many groundless medical malpractice suits are initiated against health care providers. Physicians are pressured to settle frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits in order to minimize their financial risk. Damaging physician’s reputations. Creating undue stress. And greatly increasing medical malpractice insurance premiums. The legal system leaves physicians vulnerable to frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits filed by unethical plaintiffs, attorneys, and “expert” witnesses. – Justice can be yours.”

The truth about medical malpractice is that fewer than one in eight instances of medical malpractice ever leads to a lawsuit. Most people say they just don’t want to go through it. Doctors might take a closer look at their insurance companies to discover why premiums have risen so dramatically.

Patients are more concerned about getting the sort of professional medical treatment they are paying for. If any doctor asks you to sign this form – you might wonder if he or she wants to hide, and turn around and walk out of his or her office.

If you have any questions regarding medical malpractice or how to file a claim, please contact the experienced Florida medical malpractice attorneys at Farah and Farah by calling 1-800-533-3555. We look forward to speaking with you.

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