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Malpractice surprises.

It cannot be denied that the cost of malpractice insurance is a problem. But is it really driving large numbers of doctors away from medicine?

According to recent testimony by a state health official to a committee of the Florida legislature, applications for medical licenses in Florida are not only not declining, but actually rose from 2,261 in fiscal 2000 to 2,258 in 2003. The committee also heard from a state insurance regulator who said, reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, "he often depends on insurance companies' information when deciding whether to raise rates." The committee was told that the state's largest malpractice insurer pays $500,000 a year to the Florida Medical Association. It's called "an entertainment fee." Of course it has nothing to do with the association's efforts to put a cap on malpractice verdicts.
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Title Annotation:Tilting at Windmills
Author:Peters, Charles
Publication:Washington Monthly
Date:Oct 1, 2003
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