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Behind the Malpractice Crisis: Why Doctors Are Quitting Medical Practice

June 1, 2003
By Alex Adrianson

This article in Consumers' Research notes that doctors are quitting and hospitals are cutting services because the liability insurance is too expensive. Doctors in particular cannot afford the liability insurence.

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This article in Consumers' Research notes that doctors are quitting and hospitals are cutting services because the liability insurance is too expensive.  Doctors in particular cannot afford the liability insurence.  One hospital in Las Vegas had to shut its doors for 10 days because of that fact.  This left potential patients 80 miles from the nearest center.  Malpractice coverage is becoming too onerous for doctors to carry, hence, they have to leave the profession. This reality means that states need to address tort reform, or lose the supply of doctors in the profession--which means that some people will not receive the care they need.  

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