S.C., Tenn. physicians rally for tort reform
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Feb. 14, 2005
Hundreds of physicians in South Carolina and Tennessee -- listed by the American Medical Association as showing signs of a medical liability insurance crisis -- rallied in January, asking state lawmakers to act before their states experience a full-blown liability crisis.
"We are troubled by the increasing number of reports that Tennessee and South Carolina patients are losing access to care," AMA President John C. Nelson, MD, MPH, said in a statement.
Dr. Nelson gave the keynote address at Tennessee's daylong town hall meeting "Making Liability Reform a Reality" in Nashville on Jan. 21. AMA Immediate Past President Donald J. Palmisano, MD, spoke at a rally at South Carolina's Capitol in Columbia.
Tort reform is the AMA's top legislative priority.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2005/02/14/prbf0214.htm.