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View Poll Results: Have you ever had a doctor tell you they where sorry?
Yes 3 18.75%
No 13 81.25%
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Old 04-14-2007, 07:49 PM
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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'I'm sorry,' hard for doctors to say

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) -- The problem was obvious to anyone who looked at the middle-aged woman: After surgery to correct a drooping eyelid, her eyelid was too high. After a second operation, it was too low.

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http://www.cnn.com/2007/LAW/04/11/sorry.doctors.ap/index.html (broken link)

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Old 04-14-2007, 11:25 PM
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Not exactly. But my fathers internist mentioned that he felt "concerned" my father had depression when he lost his wife suddenly, and was sorry for that. Then again my brother is a surgeon, so I sort of see it as a face value thing- they were more hyper-aware of how they treated the family.
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Old 04-15-2007, 12:03 AM
Location: Joplin
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I pay $70,000 per year in Malpractice insurance. I would appologise to everyone to keep down another suit. Its not that theres negligence in most cases. Its that hospitals and doctors charge so much (because of high over head prices) that people want to sue you when things dont go their way. Were not miricle workers. we are human beings that want to help people and sometimes cant. The human body is complex and every one reacts differently to different things. Once and a while a supprise will occur. And when it does, I would appologise. If I try to sew your face back on because you were drunk and in a crash and I get your nose on .0006 mm to far to the left, you are going to sue me because your lawyer told you that you are "entitled" to compensation on one of his BS TV advertisements.
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Old 04-15-2007, 05:36 PM
Location: NOTfromhere, Indiana
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Yes. My hubby went into see the doctor when he got that nasty toenail fungus thingy going on. Doc took one look at his toes (he also had ugly feet), looked over to me and said "I'm sorry". We busted up laughing. Well, my hubby wasn't so amused. *snicker*
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Old 04-15-2007, 05:41 PM
Location: Journey's End
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I've had several doctors say they are sorry--most often after I reminded about their code of ethics and a a threat to make a possible quick call to the AMA.

But, seriously, many physicians understand the art of "I'm sorry."
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Old 04-18-2007, 01:10 PM
Location: a nation with hope
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Sure have. I had one doctor admit that he did what he thought was best at the time, but in a subsequent international seminar he learned that there were other courses of successful treatment that he hadn't known about. I understood he did the best, and had no intention of suing him even though there were some complications - but we got over them OK.
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Old 04-18-2007, 06:48 PM
Location: Beautiful TN!
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When my mother's doctor did not catch her cancer early, he actually cried with her after telling her her diagnosis. Doctor's have a hard lot to carry and don't always get the best of treatment from us patients.
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