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Author:  ThereIsACoverUp [ Sun Dec 18, 2005 7:13 am ]
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I heard that the insurer for refractive surgeons came down hard on those surgeons who had been testifying for patients. If the surgeon is a good witness then it costs the insurer money.

Author:  Bill [ Sun Dec 18, 2005 11:38 pm ]
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I've heard this, too. There is also tremendous peer-pressure on them. I heard that Dr. Machat (expert for patient, Steve Post) was spit on at a convention. I have no idea if that's true, but read this.

EyeWorld
November, 2002

http://www.eyeworld.org/article.php?sid=1505

Defense lawyer asks for new trial in $4 million LASIK verdict


Post's attorney, Schmidt, referred to published information authored by other experts indicating that optical treatment zones decrease as degrees of myopia increase. Schmidt also asked Machat if he had been subjected to verbal abuse by colleagues following the verdict, hinting that this might have influenced his change of testimony.


"I have many colleagues who are very upset with me," Machat said. "I have patients who are upset with me. I have corporate members who are upset with me. They thought it was irresponsible of me..."


Machat is chief surgeon and a founder of TLC Laser Eye Centers.


"Have you been cursed?" Schmidt asked.


"Yes."


"Verbally assaulted - at the [ASCRS] conference, for example?"


"Yes."


"As a result of this, have you been asked to resign from the advisory board of TLC?"


"Yes."

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