What if financial part is taken out of medico-legal issues, like compensation and lawyers fee? The cases will drop down drastically? If money part is zero, only errors will be identified and punished. Few will remain only for idea of revenge. In an era where people cheat their brothers, sisters and spouses for money, it will be naïve to think that idea of money extracting from doctors does not exist.
Financial zeroing can be done in larger public interest to keep down the cost of medical expenses. It is because of career building of few professions, that medico-legal cases are being fueled. Medical errors and complications are integral part of the treatment . Even simplest of diseases carry some amount of risk. These will still remain, even if doctors are hanged to death. Natural complications, poor prognosis can be attributed to errors by clever lawyering and because of benefit derived by other professions.
Many careers are shining in name of preventable deaths and medical errors at the cost of medical profession. The managers, right activists, media and lawyers have made their career and wealth out of it. Ask any doctor really, are these issues really preventable after a point. The line separating errors or natural complications is really blurred and arbitrary. People who work in life and death situation know it well that even natural poor prognosis can be labelled and proved as error by retrospective analysis and wisdom of hindsight and more certainly with luxury of time at disposal for lawyers and courts.
Lawyers and courts should also be given those fraction of moments to decide same as is available to doctors. Otherwise it becomes a unbalanced match specially when the amount of money which was paid to doctor to save a life was peanuts as compared to now being paid to punish him.