Rodwin Explains Increasing Medical Practice Expenses
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According to a study done at Suffolk University and published on May 8, 2006 in the journal "Health Affairs", malpractice premiums increased from 6% of physicians' total expenses in 1970 to 11% of expenses in 1986, but dropped back to 6% of expenses in 1996 and still remained low at 7% of expenses in 2000. This study - like many others - supports the belief that the "malpractice crisis" is primarily a mantra that liability insurers use to try to generate more profits by extracting inflated premiums from doctors, manipulating public opinion, reducing jury verdicts and squeezing favorable laws from reluctant legislatures. Another finding of the study was that "other practice expenses increased substantially". No doubt a large part of the actual increase in doctors' expenses is caused by the insurers themselves - whose practices require doctors to add staffers to submit and re-submit their bills over and over again trying to get paid. Such insurance company practices - not malpractice premiums - are surely the major drawback of a private medical practice today. See (Rodwin et al., "Malpractice Premiums and Physicians' Income: Perceptions of a Crisis Conflict With Empirical Evidence," Health Affairs, 5/8/06).
Moving a flagpole near live electrical wires can be very dangerous. A Grayson County, Texas jury has awarded more than $15.6 million to the families of 3 victims of an accident that occurred while they were moving a flagpole in May 2017. The electrocution killed 1 and injured 2. The property manager of the apartment complex where the flagpole was located was found to be negligent for placing the flag pole too close to overhead power lines. See, An award of $15.6 million for 3 victims of electrocution.
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