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Malpractice Reform Unlikely

Most do not realize that the majority of our country is experiencing a malpractice crisis. I have hired a new associate, Dr. Plotkin, and his malpractice insurance is about $50,000. This may not seem like a lot, but my insurance last year was $12,000 and neither of us do any surgery!

Unfortunately many will need to suffer as more and more doctors go out of buisness as they can't earn enough to pay malpractice premiums. Some specialties like OB and neurosurgery may pay upwards of $150,000 per year for this insurance.

This crisis is not restricted to medicine as nearly all professions are being hit by it. This country is in serious need of tort reform.

New York Times July 6, 2003 (free registration required)

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