Doctors Flock to Capitol, Demand Malpractice Reform

Doctors Flock to Capitol, Demand Malpractice Reform


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(Salt Lake City, KSL News) -- They didn't have an appointment, but dozens of Utah doctors used the Capitol rotunda as a waiting room today to make a point about medical malpractice.

The doctors wore their white coats to this rally to draw attention to the growing cost of liability insurance.

The doctors support three bills that they say are just the right medicine to calm the malpractice insurance crisis.

The proposals would help cut attorney fees and guard against frivolous lawsuits.

"Well, malpractice insurance rates have become so high, and the rate of increase is astounding, to the point that physicians are thinking about retiring early if they can," says Dr. Richard J. Sperry, M.D., Ph.D.

Doctors want lawmakers to give them the option to turn away patients who don't agree ahead of time to take any malpractice claims to an arbitration panel.

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