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Malpractice Insurance / California / Indiana #485528

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jan 29, 1976
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(Studio) Malpractice insurance rates up 300% in California in January and doctors slowdown conts. Most premiums paid Wednesday, but only for 3 mos. Report on IN law.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Indianapolis, IN) Dr. Mark Wisen neurosurgeon. Moved to Bloomington, IN, from California due to high cost of malpractice insurance in California. Bloomington film shown. [WISEN - compares cost of insurance in IN and California.] In IN malpractice awards limited to $500,000. Ins. companies liability $100,000. State picks up difference. Procedure explained. [Ins. commissioner, H.P. HUDSON - explains workings of insurance cmnsn.] [Attorney Roger PARDIECK - has doubts re: procedure.] No claims yet have come to court, so real effectiveness of law not yet tested. But present situation is helpful to doctors' dilemma.
REPORTER: Mike Jackson

(Studio) Illinois and Idaho also have laws limiting awards to $500,000. Cts. in both states have ruled laws unconst. and laws on appeal. IN doctors believe IN laws to be challenged. Doctors to fight challenge.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Reporter(s):
Chancellor, John;
Jackson, Mike
Duration:
00:03:10

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