Sunday, 14 March 2004
The controversial and invasive web site DoctorsKnow.Us has been shut down by its operators. The site claims to have attempted to list every patient who has ever filed a medical malpractice lawsuit. Doctors and insurers might potentially have used this information to deny treatment or coverage to "litigious patients" — otherwise known as "patients who had asserted their rights." (Via TechLawAdvisor, via RangelMd.com)
Quoth the site's home page:
DoctorsKnow.Us has permanently ceased operations as of 3/9/04. The controversy this site has ignited was unanticipated and has polarized opinions regarding the medical malpractice crisis. Our hope is that this controversy will spark a serious discussion that results in changes that are equitable to both patients and physicians. All charges that have been collected will be returned to members and trial members.