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In Depth (Health / Ob-Gyn Crisis) #701409

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 08, 2002
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Bisbee, Arizona: Jim Avila) The trend of large numbers of obstetrician- gynecologists going out of business due to the high cost of malpractice insurance premiums featured; details given about nine states facing shortages of ob-gyns. [Mother Melinda SALLARD - says she was scared; talks about delivering her child in the car on the way to the hospital.] [Ob-gyn Dr. Cheryl EDWARDS - says her insurance rate was going up to 150,000 a year.] The push for damage award caps noted. [American Medical Assn. Richard CORLIN - says damage award caps work.] [Consumer Federation of America Bob HUNTER - says insurance companies are short of money.]

Avila, Jim;
Brokaw, Tom

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