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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Minnesota Medical Association - MN Supreme Court Rules Physician-Patient Relationship is Not Necessary to Sue Docs for Malpractice

What a harmful decision which excises the heart of who we are as caring, compassionate healers. When I think of all the random calls and "curbsides" I, and just about every physician, gets in a day, it's frightening to think that any of those cause lead to legal jeopardy. Think of all the family, friends and even random encounters who "pick our brains." For instance, I had vehicle trouble on my way to work this week. I called roadside assistance. As the man was looking at my truck and chitchatting, he picked my brain about some medical topics. Can he now sue me? Can Aunt Velma who asked me about her diabetic neuropathy at Thanksgiving sue me? Can anyone reading a medical blog, article or watching medical broadcast sue? Imagine if you can sue a plumber, a roofer, a bartender just for "picking their brain" without having a customer-client relationship? Physicians and nurses who got into the profession because we like human-to-human interaction, we want to offer the comfort of a touch and to serve mankind through sharing of our knowledge and skill, are we are to become more insular, more aloof, more distant to our calling, more distant to our hearts, more distant to humanism, more distant to the community we serve? How do you all feel about Minnesota's decision?
from Rajesh Harrykissoon, MD

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