The Doctor Won't See You Now

THE SOARING COST OF MALPRACTICE insurance may seem a problem just for errant physicians. But it's becoming a worry for everyone, especially patients who see their doctors move away, change specialties

Dr. Alexander Sosenko is proud of his skills, but these days they don't seem to be the ones he needs to keep his medical practice going. A pulmonologist for 19 years, he knows just about everything there is to know about the lungs and is cherished by patients for his concerned, direct manner. But by his own admission, he's not great at lobbying. And, unfortunately, that's how Sosenko, 49, has lately been spending much of his time--circulating petitions at the local hospital, pleading with politicians for help. He has spent sleepless nights worrying that he may have to uproot his wife...

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