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Malpractice Insurance Rates / Controversy / Aurora, Illinois / Malpractice Suit #37200

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 16, 1975
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(Studio) In Texas, there is threatened doctors' protest strike; in California, Governor Edward Brown calls for special session of legislature to deal with malpractice issue; New York legislature to meet on question next week New York major malpractice insurer to stop offering all such coverage as of July 1.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(NYC) [Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stanley ASNIS - says he's leaving New York to practice elsewhere; orthopedist must pay $15,000 per year for malpractice ins. now; next year price could increase to $22,000-$30,000 per year] In January `75 some of New York doctors demonstrated outside capitol, demanding present system for settling claims be modified. Doctors argue against contingency fee system; system explained. [Dr. Richard NOLAN - says major medical crisis to come July i unless some claim settlement adjustments made.] [Negligence attorney Charles KRAMER - says doctor realizes if contingency fee setup disturbed, he'll prevent some people from suing.] Kramer has little sympathy for doctor At least part of rising tide of malpractice suits attributed to passing of old family doctor
REPORTER: Gregory Jackson

(Studio) In Aurora, Illinois, 1 doctor carries only $10,000 malpractice insurance, but is being sued for 10 times that amount
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Aurora, Illinois) Dr. Eugene Balthazar works for no pay; runs free medical clinic out of own pocket; poor receive benefits of free care. Malpractice suit filed by woman treated for cancer at no charge; cancer arrested but woman unhappy with cosmetic scar and resulting eye damage. [Dr. BALTHAZAR - says he's fighting for life of clinic so medical care can be given to poor.] [Dr.'s PATIENTS - react to Dr. Balthazar's malpractice suit.]
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs

Reporter(s):
Dobbs, Greg;
Jackson, Gregory;
Reasoner, Harry;
Smith, Howard K.
Duration:
00:05:40

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