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    TiaRachel

    I remain convinced that medical torts will be far far less of an issue if people who are sick or injured by doctors or medicine - regardless of fault - aren't left holding the bag and going into the death spiral of disability and inability to pay for health care.

    If you take a drug, and due to the drug or due to bad instructions end up unable to work for 6 months to a year, currently you face two choices:

    • bankruptcy, meaning you screw all the doctors who helped you get better
    • a lawsuit, meaning you hope that people with some (perhaps minor) responsibility for your condition will cover the bills.

    You need a lawyer either way. I honestly don't know which path is more ethical.

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