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US medical liability crisis spurs doctors' walkouts and rallies

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 18 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:126
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    Four hospitals in West Virginia were forced to transfer patients to hospitals in other states earlier this month after more than two dozen surgeons stopped work in protest against soaring malpractice insurance premiums.

    Their action, part of a growing protest movement in the United States by doctors angry about their insurance premiums, coincided with a strike in France by obstetricians and gynaecologists over the same issue (11 January, p 68). Doctors in many western countries are finding it increasingly hard to meet the cost of malpractice insurance.

    “My malpractice rates are higher than any other physician's for the same practice in any other state in the union,” said …

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