The numbers of doctors who refused to report dangerous colleagues were even higher among doctors who graduated from non-U.S. medical schools.
Catherine DesRoches, DrPh, who led the study, was reported as saying, “Our findings cast serious doubt on the ability of medicine to self-regulate with regard to impaired or incompetent physicians.”
The failure of medicine to police its own is more than a hypothetical problem. 17% of physicians surveyed reported having direct knowledge of an incompetent or impaired doctor.
The study supports what most people know. Doctors do not police their own. On the contrary, there is a strong bias toward protecting even the most dangerous doctors. All of which highlights the need for a vigorous legal system and medical malpractice lawyers who are willing to invest the time and expense necessary to expose dangerous doctors in an environment that hides and protects them.