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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Talk About It, Talk About It ...
Case of Legislative Malpractice?
Partly it's the hefty amount: almost $11,000 on average. And partly it's the beneficiaries: Doctors, who you'd hope can make a decent living. Something sure seems out of whack when a state's solution to staggering malpractice premiums is to fork over bushels of bucks. How can a kind of welfare for the wealthy be an acceptable solution? Yet this is New Jersey's way to deter neurosurgeons, obstetricians and radiologists from leaving or quitting. Read article.

Has to be a better way. Limit lawsuits? Regulate insurers? Weed out the worst doctors? Create some kind of opt-in "I won't sue for too much" system tied to lower health care premiums? Just let market forces rule?

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