Florida: Trauma Time For Doctors

Trauma Time For Doctors

On the eve of a 42.7% hike imposed by the state's largest insurance carrier, doctors in South Florida declared last Wednesday "Disaster Day." Nearly 80% of Broward County's 600 specialists, including neurologists, obstetricians and orthopedic surgeons, resigned from emergency-room duties. Twelve of the county's 16 hospitals now refuse to accept trauma patients with head and spinal-cord injuries.

Faced with a flood of malpractice cases and notably generous juries, South Florida doctors are afflicted with the highest insurance costs in the country. A Dade County neurosurgeon, for example, might now have to shell out up to $220,000. "Our doctors are paying close...

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