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How do I know whether my doctor is any good?

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post 7.Jul.2009, 02:34 PM
Post #1
Location: Stockholm
Joined: 22.Dec.2004

I've read about a number of horrible medical mistakes on The Local. How can I find out whether or not my doctor has been reported for malpractice? - Dianne, Stockholm

As any regular reader of The Local probably knows, doctors in Sweden have committed their fair share of medical blunders over the years.

But as a preface to answering the question of how to find out about a particular doctor's history, it's worth providing a bit of background on Sweden's current medical malpractice system.

Unlike the United States' professional liability system, for example, which usually relies on courts to settle malpractice complaints, Sweden uses a no-fault compensation system which separates the finding of fault from the process by which compensation is determined.

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post 10.Jul.2009, 03:25 PM
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Joined: 3.Apr.2005

I tend to avoid going to the doctor here unless it is an ABSOLUTE necessity. A few years ago I had a chronic sore throat. After 3 days suffering I booked an appointment with a doctor. When I called they said I could book an appointment for 7 days later or if it was an emergency I could go to the Cityakuten and wait a few hours until a doctor saw me.
Realizing I needed antibiotics, I sat in the Cityakuten for 5 hours before seeing a doctor. The doctor refused to give me antibiotics and told me to go home and eat apples and sleep a lot. I explained I had done this for three days and still had a chronic sore throat. He replied "buy some Vicks throat lozenges."
Now, I never go to the doctor here unless I have no other choice. And medical care here is not free despite what the Swedes say. It's around SEK 200 for an appointment plus medicine. In Germany if you are an EU citizen, you show your passport and you get GOOD professional healthcare for free. Medicine is extra.
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post 10.Jul.2009, 03:40 PM
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Joined: 12.Jan.2008

At least you Swedes get to see you doctor; here in the U.S., people bleed to death in the Emergency Rooms waiting for treatment. For most Americans, one serious health issue, like cancer in one of their children, will cost them everything, including their home (if they still have one after the recent scams). The biggest reason for bankruptcies in America is an illness.
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post 12.Jul.2009, 11:41 AM
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Joined: 4.May.2007

This article didn't make me feel any safer about the medical doctors and staff in Sweden. To me it seems the doctors are not really held liable for any mistakes they make, and someone trying to find out information about their doctor will have to go through a world tour before finding anything out.
Oh well, I guess at least in Sweden people don't have to loose their house, car, and everything they have because someone in their family has an illness.
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post 12.Jul.2009, 02:36 PM
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Joined: 14.May.2009

Theason my wife, brother and mother each spent 6 years in medical school is to make damn sure they master the subject. I don't expect easy mistakes from them because they know the drill like the backs of their hands.
I come from a "3rd world country" but its easier and cheaper for me to see a doctor their tha in the west. Mind you, we don't have health insurance.
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post 12.Jul.2009, 04:58 PM
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I question comment # 2. People don't bleed to death in US emergency rooms. I am a podiatrist(foot surgeon) I have for the past 15 years worked part time in clinics specifically built for the working poor. People without insurance get care here. I have done ingrown toenail surgeries using very expensive 30 gauge needles for anessthesia. It is an almost painless injection. I would compare that with my only patient from britain who had a 3 month wait to get her nail surgery. My patients wait up to an hour to see me.Patients who need an mri to rule out bone infection are generally seen within one day . Socialized care and the US model have positive and negative attributes. Personally, I would prefer the US model. In the long run I get the most up to date care . I am not beholding to any politician for what facilities are available in my voting district . (I have read that in certain areas of britain they pull there own teeth rather than wait for their free dentist.)
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post 12.Jul.2009, 06:25 PM
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Joined: 13.Sep.2005

In completion and agree to what Alannah mentioned here, I heard so many stories about some Swedish Drs. that they do inaccurate diagnosis and clinical procedures which I assume they have been trained in medical schools. I have been even heard also some bad stories in Denmark.
Swedish medical associations should get into these problems in order to validate Drs. and Surgeons to avoid bad repetitions.
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post 13.Jul.2009, 02:57 AM
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Joined: 12.Jan.2008

You can question comment #2, but...
Wed., June 13, 2007
LOS ANGELES - A woman who lay bleeding on the emergency room floor of a troubled inner-city hospital died after 911 dispatchers refused to contact paramedics or an ambulance to take her to another facility, newly released tapes of the emergency calls reveal.
Edith Isabel Rodriguez, 43, died of a perforated bowel on May 9 at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital. Her death was ruled accidental by the Los Angeles County coroner's office.
Relatives said Rodriguez was bleeding from the mouth and writhing in pain for 45 minutes while she was at a hospital waiting area. Experts have said she could have survived had she been treated early enough.
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post 13.Jul.2009, 04:18 AM
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In response to bushgirlsgonewild. I stand by my comment. Comment #2, to me, implied in the US model of health care that people without money do not get care. I googled the case you mention. The hospital seems to be guilty of malpractice. They assumed she had a gall stone and wanted more pain medicaion secondary due to her drug addiction. The clinics I have worked in , here in Indianapolis, do well in geting patients seen, and by medical doctors. Noone is turned away.
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post 13.Jul.2009, 06:39 AM
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Joined: 12.Jan.2008

I didn't imply poor people in the U.S. do not get care, I said people bleed to death waiting for care.
Monday, October 06, 2008 |
A 58-year-old man died of cardiac arrest after waiting 19 hours in the emergency room, the Dallas Morning News reported Monday.
There were 164 people ahead of him. Another 180 new patients would walk through the ER doors during the next 19 hours.
But since you bring it up, it is true that people without money or insurance are denied care. As CNN reported on hospials in Los Angeles:
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post 13.Jul.2009, 08:14 AM
Post #11
Location: Västra Götaland
Joined: 31.May.2008

Hi there. Don´t know if this is to any help, but at least you can search for your doctor and see how people thought of him/her...
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Holecutter > The Howl ...
post 13.Jul.2009, 08:27 AM
Post #12
Joined: 12.Aug.2007

According to estimates from Socialstyrelsen, around 3,000 patients die each year due to medical malpractice or poor hygiene. Around 105,000 are injured.

I should imagine with these kind of statistics, we would all want to know who we are dealing with when it comes to doctors and hospitals here in Sweden. There is something very wrong with a medical service where 3000 patients die each year fro malpractice, and only now we are getting to hear about it.

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jack sprat
post 13.Jul.2009, 08:42 AM
Post #13
Joined: 15.Sep.2006

Having noticed quite a few cut-backs recently in my area and heard from a few less than satisfied locals, I get the impression that the health service is under huge pressure here and struggling to make ends meet.

Regarding mistakes etc.a very sad and shocking case was reported two days ago with the death of the wife of ex Blackburn,Rangers and Scotland football captain,Colin Hendry.
She had been in hospital in the UK for what was expected to be a fairly routine liposuction a Swedish cosmetic surgeon.
Her small intestine and colon were perforated no fewer than nine times, as a result of which she suffered blood poisoning,kidney failure,a heart attack and a collapsed lung.
She was in a coma for quite a while and many attempts were made to repair the damage over a long period, but to no avail and she eventually died.
The Swedish surgeon was branded reckless and incompetant by an enquiry.
He was also struck of the UK medical register.
Whether or not he is free to continue elsewhere, I do not know, but would only hope it is not the case.
In view of the numerous sad cases coming to light and also an exceptionally high number of failed ops being reported from recently qualified surgeons maybe questions should be raised regarding the standard of training here.
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Holecutter > The Howl ...
post 13.Jul.2009, 09:11 AM
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Joined: 12.Aug.2007

And what is the health minister doing about it, is she a he or a women ?. What is more important, is the PM ready to get off his ass and sort out these political appointees that seem to screw up all the time...these stats are shocking.

It is time to name and shame these Doctors...Dr Gustaf Aniansson, who is practicing in Swede, with the emphasis on the practicing.

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post 14.Jul.2009, 07:11 PM
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Joined: 13.Jul.2009

Please read this link
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