Doctors Who Hurt Doctors

for Chapter 11, it's goodbye, bacon. Hello, linguini

Physicians fear being sued by patients, a well- known fact, but many also worry about being targeted by fellow doctors through the process of peer review. Allegations of poor care or other serious complaints against a doctor go to a panel, consisting mainly of physicians, that decides in secret whether the accused has done wrong. That system is too open to manipulation and needs reform, says the 4,000-member American Association of Physicians and Surgeons. The Semmelweis Society agrees; its 85 members are mostly doctors who claim to be victims of "malicious peer review," in which the process is used to damage...

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