Special Reports

September 4, 2011 12:00 AM

Bad Medicine: Doctors with many malpractice payments keep clean licenses

Maribeth Chase didn't know that the neurosurgeon who would be operating on her had been sued at least 16 times for allegedly making medical mistakes. She didn't know that former patients and their families contended in court records that he had botched treatments that left one patient dead, several more with paralysis and still others in need of remedial operations. Or that a dozen years before, federal records show, a health care organization had denied him clinical privileges over concerns about the quality of his care.

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