Medicine: Suing the Doctor

Higher office rents, the mounting costs of equipment and rising wages for office personnel are all contributing to the increasingly steep price that doctors everywhere must pay to practice their profession. In New York State last week, overhead costs grew still more. Premiums for malpractice insurance—which almost every physician carries to protect himself against lawsuits by his patients—rose by a whopping 93.5%. The increase will make the state's doctors pay the highest average malpractice rates in the nation and could have an enormous influence upon the way medicine is practiced.

New York is not the only state in which the cost of...

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