Every medical case that goes to court involves lawyers and their expensive fees. Most of the time even though the doctors may be right, he has to defend himself with the help of lawyers. Law industry has been benefited enormously because of consumer protection act at the cost of doctors. Increasing mistrust and unhappiness in patient’s mind definitely does not help patients and doctors, but ends up benefiting law industry.
Strangely doctor’s fee are quite low but lawyers charges them astronomical amounts, which are beyond any logic.
In a country where people fight with their parents, brothers and sisters for money and property, it will be naive to think that idea of making money from doctor does not exist. With court compensations going into crores, doctors can sense many times that some patient relatives try to use the opportunity. They have nothing at stake so they try to make some noise on social media and harass the doctor in court or on social platforms. Even for patients, who had poor prognosis at the very onset of treatment, relatives can create problems, many times due to financial reasons. Doctors have no protection from these nuisance. All these factors further enhance insecurity in doctor’s mind.
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 beyond 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.
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.
Zero fee advertisements and fixed commission ads on television by lawyers in health systems in certain developed countries is an example of instigation against medical profession. They lure patients to file law suits and promise them hefty reimbursements. There is no dearth of such relatives, lawyers who are ready to try their luck, sometimes in vengeance and sometimes for lure of money received in compensations. This encouragement and instigation of lawsuit against doctors has become a major disadvantage for medical profession.
Sense of impending injustice is fueling among doctors, giving a feeling of sitting ducks for harassment.