Again, A Slowdown

The bumper sticker on a doctor's Cadillac in Beverly Hills last week read:

FEELING SICK? CALL YOUR LAWYER.

That was the physician's way of telling the public that it had brought on itself the latest California doctors' slowdown by suing for excessive malpractice awards. Since the start of the new year, four-fifths of the 11,000 physicians in the Los Angeles area had refused to treat patients, except in the most serious emergencies. In some hospitals, wards were closed and the services of such specialists as orthopedists and neurosurgeons all but unavailable.

Malpractice Fund. As in similar medical...

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