Joe Steffens recent Free Speech segment on the Medical Malpractice Insurance crisis hit the nail on the head. Tort reform is not going to solve the issues facing physicians. The doctors, hospitals, plaintiff and defense attorneys need to rally together and lobby against the real culprits (the insurance industry) in this catastrophe we find ourselves.
My recent inquiries to Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendines office were met with a resounding There is no medical malpractice insurance crisis in this state. Those that work in the commissioners office are quite out of touch with reality.
There are very few underwriters of medical malpractice insurance in the state of Georgia, and those that remain are here to gouge us and let more blood than the scourging of Jesus in Mel Gibsons The Passion.
Physicians and hospitals must face the fact that the practice of medicine is troubled by mistakes (and to my brethren out there, we are not infallible) and bad outcomes. Instead of taking the defensive or turning a blind eye, they should come forward to broker reasonable monetary compensation.
Plaintiffs attorneys should be there to protect the victim and assure adequate compensation. No need for trials, no need for the lengthy, costly and burdensome litigation process. It is unfortunate that there is such an adversarial atmosphere between physician and attorney, all due to those policy makers and politicians with hidden agendas.
J.P. Saleeby, MD
Much gratitude for 10 years
Happy 10th Anniversary to the crew at Connect Savannah as the mainstay of alternative journalism in Savannah. The image of my beautiful hometown as a city stuck in a time warp is not a very comfortable or flattering one to consider, but I suspect that it would have remained a dominating image of Savannah without the diversity of perspectives, voices, and concerns presented so ably through your pages over the past decade.
Much gratitude for leading the way and providing one of the most invaluable services anyone could have rendered our community.
Keep up the good work
Congratulations on the tenth anniversary of Connect Savannah.
As a regular reader since the Good Times era, I commend you for consistently doing a fine job offering an alternative voice to Savannahians.
Provocative feature stories, combined with an outstanding entertainment/leisure section have certainly played a role in making Savannah an interesting place to live. As one who enjoys both leisure and entertainment, I can tell you that I truly look forward to each week's new edition. I'd especially like to recognize Joan Lee, who has been there from the beginning.
Keep up the good work as you continue to help connect Savannah.
Just one Idiots opinion
It was more than a pleasant surprise for me to open Connect Savannah to find an excerpt from one of my articles picked out as a part of your ten-year retrospective. Hopefully, the whole edition will be archived online at some point. It's a shame you lost/took down the old archives as there were some excellent articles (not mine) there that never made it into the tenth anniversary edition.
The Village Idiot
Editors Note:Yes, its a shame that due to various corporate turnovers our archives are incomplete. Lets hope for the best in the future.
Clarifying harbor deepening
In your tenth-anniversary issue the author of the harbor deepening piece comments on page 21 that only "Two other serious environmental issues came to a head after 1994." The two issues referenced are the endangered shortnose sturgeon and striped bass populations.
In fairness to the environmental issues, reference also should have been made to the real possibility of saltwater penetration from above. Deepening of the harbor could remove sufficient protective strata to accelerate saltwater movement downward into the freshwater aquifer, irreversibly contaminating the aquifer, from which the Savannah region withdraws about 75 million gallons per day for both human and industrial consumption.
It would help to get a proper perspective if the cuts were to be presented as a percentage of the agency’s total budget. It would also be fair to note what the city’s contribution will be after the proposed cuts.
'Unlike the article implied, the HSMC is not a division, department or entity of the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC). The HSMC holds meetings in the MPC’s conference room and is staffed by MPC staff but it is a Commission created by, appointed by and reports to City Council.'