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Medical malpractice: Why is it so hard for doctors to apologize?

The Boston Globe, January 28, 2013
Last August, Massachusetts enacted reforms that usually make doctors' apologies inadmissible in court, require claimants to file "letters of intent" before suing, and impose a six-month waiting period to allow doctors and patients to work out the matter. The law might pave the way for earlier, more amicable settlements. But the bitter fact is that there is no appetite in the medical community to come clean preemptively about every medical error. The list of them is just too long. No major reforms, including those just passed here, are truly proactive, since they all still require patients or families to call a lawyer before anything happens.