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Drs. Slowdown / South California / Malpractice Insurance Crisis / Michigan #244643

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 04, 1976
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(Studio) 55 of 115 private hospitals in California incring. number of surgical operations. Doctors, slowdown may be ending.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Detroit, Michigan) Hospital patients asked not to file malpractice suits but to file claim with state arbitration committee , composed of doctors, attys. and health- care experts. Legis. passed law last summer. Ins. fund set up for doctors whose insurance cancelled by private firms. [SPOKESPERSON - says Michigan acting as insurance company] High-risk doctors pay premium of $13,500 compared to California's $36,000 rate. [Ins. fund administration, Dr. Harvey GASS - hopes private insurance companies will lower their rates eventually.] [Obstetrician Dr. Federico MARIONA - says fund meant he could go back to work.] State supreme court limited fee attys. could get in malpractice cases. Physicians' crisis committee to file malpractice suits against attys. who filed suit against doctors and lost in court, to stop nuisance suits.
REPORTER: Chris Kelley

Cronkite, Walter;
Kelley, Chris

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