Surgeons threaten walkout over insurance costs
Friday, December 27, 2002 Posted: 8:59 AM EST (1359 GMT)
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (AP) --Dozens of surgeons in northeastern Pennsylvania have threatened to effectively go on strike in January if the state doesn't do something about the high cost of medical malpractice insurance
Claiming high premiums are forcing them out of business, at least 45 doctors in Scranton said they have stopped accepting new patients and won't perform surgeries after January 1. The total includes 10 of the small city's 18 general surgeons, 14 of its 15 orthopedists, and all 8 of its urologists.
Posted on Sat, Dec. 28, 2002
Pa. warns doctors not to quit
Letter irks those facing huge insurance bills.
By Josh Goldstein
Inquirer Staff Writer
Many Pennsylvania doctors already struggling with skyrocketing medical-malpractice insurance premiums were outraged by a letter they received this week from the head of a state agency warning them not to abandon their patients.
The Dec. 20 letter from Secretary of the Commonwealth C. Michael Weaver was sent to all licensed doctors in the state as a "reminder" of their professional and legal obligations to their patients
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