Thursday, May 08, 2003

Thanks to Yuen Liang, who sent this WSJ article to me:

Patients Face Cancellations, Delays As Doctors Protest Insurance Rates

By ALEX FRANGOS
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

For months, physicians around the country have been protesting the skyrocketing cost of malpractice insurance. Now, patients are starting to feel the impact.

Over the past week, in an escalation of tactics, between 5,000 and 6,000 Pennsylvania physicians either refused patients or shut their offices down completely in protest. In Jacksonville, Fla., about 100 surgeons and obstetrician/gynecologists shut down their offices on May 3, forcing public health officials to open an emergency operations center to coordinate care. That is a strategy usually reserved for hurricanes.

More doctors will be away from their offices as part of protests planned for Illinois, New York state and Washington state. A rally of as many as 5,000 physicians is expected to close many offices next week in New Jersey. . .
It's no secret that doctors are getting the shaft in favor of trial-lawyers, and its refreshing to see them take a stand in defense of their rights. But doctors are also getting the shaft under the antitrust laws, and they need to be just as principled in that fight.

But you already knew that, don't you. :-)

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