20 years without liability coverage

LETTER — Posted April 26, 2004

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Regarding "Physicians weigh odds of going bare" (Article, April 5): I have been "bare" for 20 years. I charge $20 for an office visit. Don't take insurance, Medi-Cal or checks.

No appointments -- walk in and be seen. I see up to a 100 patients a day.

Now I am on the fourth generation of families in my truly family practice. Babies I delivered are having their babies. I think honesty and longevity are the best malpractice prevention techniques.

When you know that you will be seeing a patient all of your life, you must do your best.

The one time a lawyer probed and found out I don't carry malpractice, I never heard from him again.

Good luck to Dr. Mark Macumber, featured in your article.

Ronald A. Grant, MD, Los Angeles

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/04/26/edlt0426.htm.

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