I take a lot of static from doctors who say I am too hard on their profession. “All professionals make mistakes,” I have been told. True, but a professional fixes mistakes, or makes their client, patient, etc. whole. That is the nature of a profession, a self-regulating trade.
Doctors don’t want to help victims of medical malpractice. Doctors want their injured patients to accept their miserable lot in life and leave them alone. Doctors, you see, are special. Doctors believe they should not have their mistakes (assuming one would even admit a mistake) should be public.
Lawyers self-regulate. Check the D.C. Bar website, and see how many lawyers have been disciplined, reprimanded, or disbarred in the last year! In Public! There are bad lawyers out there, and the legal profession goes after those bad lawyers, and disciplines them publicly, or removes them from the profession, if necessary.
The medical profession, however, has no such regulatory entity, and certainly not one that functions in public.
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