Tarry for the Nonce

November 10, 2005

Where Have All the Doctors Gone?

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 3:19 pm

The UCI Medical Center in Orange has some pressing questions to answer:

Over the last two years, more than 30 people died awaiting liver transplants at UCI Medical Center in Orange as the hospital turned down scores of organs that might have saved them, according to a federal report . . .

Although patients may not know it, the UC Irvine medical center has not had a full-time liver transplant surgeon since July 2004 . . .

The low number of surgeries was not for lack of offers. Between August 2004 and July 2005, the hospital received 122 liver offers, most of them from the regional organ procurement agency, which coordinates donations and offers in Southern California. But only 12 were transplanted.

From what I can glean from the article, the problem is that the hospital does not have a full-time liver transplant surgeon, but never takes the next step. I think the case of UCI Medical Center is yet another point of evidence that runaway medical liability costs and outrageous lawsuits are driving doctors out of states like Illinois and California.

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2 Comments

  1. I think a simple solution would be for the losing party in a lawsuit to pay both sides’ legal bills.

    Comment by Howard — November 13, 2005 @ 10:40 am

  2. I couldn’t agree more.

    Comment by laura — November 13, 2005 @ 6:49 pm


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