Medicine: Malpractice: The State Steps In

The fast-rising cost of malpractice insurance led to a new medical crisis last week. A group of doctors in New York's Suffolk County threatened to treat only emergency patients after July 1 unless they get reasonably priced malpractice coverage, which may soon be unavailable from private companies. Anesthesiologists at two Mansfield, Ohio, hospitals had already carried out a similar threat for a week, forcing cancellation of several dozen elective operations. In response to a poll conducted by the Medical Society of the State of New York, many physicians said they would go even further: one-third declared that they would move out...

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