I did a month long surgery rotation in China in April. When I came back, I told people (friends, family, docs) that American surgeons have it lucky: if the patient does not do well, the worst that could happen is we get sued. In China, you get sued and you get beat up by the patient's family.
I don't think people believed me when I told them this, or maybe thought I was exaggerating. I'd tell them that if a patient had a bad outcome, the docs in some places would wear a helmet to work the next day. And I'd get this look like "Nick, you're full of it."
Quote from a recent NYT article. "In 2006, patients or their relatives attacked more than 5,500 medical workers, reflecting wide discontent with China's public health care system."
See? I wasn't exaggerating. American doctors have it great. Our patients generally respect us. They only sue us 5% of the times when they could. And, they don't beat us up when things don't go well.