So, some government officials want caps on malpractice claims. The plastic surgeon who operated on Donda West, mother of Kanye West, has faced two malpractice lawsuits which resulted in settlements, and he has been arrested twice for driving under the influence. Kanye West’s mother is now dead at age 58 most likely because this doctor is still practicing.
This is the problem. The profession does not properly police itself, and what the profession does to its own is not made public. Would Donda West have allowed this doctor to treat her if she knew about his history? It’s doubtful. Is Ms. West’s life worth only $250,000.00 in non-economic damages (the proposed cap by the George Bush administration)? No! The insurance carrier which insured this doctor should have taken action to put this physician out of business instead of providing insurance, and that carrier and this doctor should pay through the nose for her death if it is shown he committed malpractice.
Caps do nothing but allow incompetence to thrive. This physician may not have committed malpractice in this case, but based upon his history, he shouldn’t have been given the chance to commit malpractice – AGAIN!