Medicine: Malpractice: Rx for a Crisis

Beverly Geltzer of Baldwin, N.Y., was not unduly upset when her son Jordan, 12, broke his arm during a gym class last week. But her coolness turned to anger when she took her son to a nearby hospital. There she learned that neither her own physician nor any other orthopedic surgeon was available to set the arm, and Jordan would have to be treated at Nassau County Medical Center, where he was to wait six uncomfortable hours before his injury could be handled in the busy emergency room. "It's unbelievable," said Mrs. Geltzer. "I feel like I'm in a foreign country."


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