In Chester County (population 500,000), at least two head trauma patients have died during the one-hour ride to Lancaster General Hospital. Why? Because there are no full time neurosurgeons and no trauma center left in Chester County.
In Titusville, just north of here, the last orthopedic surgeon left earlier this year. Across the state, OB/GYN’s have dropped obstetrics from their practice.
And at present, only 4% of the doctors in Pennsylvania are under the age of 35.
What’s going on? The answer is that the high costs of medical malpractice insurance (and also the high probability of being sued) are driving physicians out of the state or into early retirement.
In 2003, though, the state legislature passed a reform bill which has had a positive effect. The 1,815 medical malpractice suits filed in 2004 were a 34% drop from the 2,751 average of the years 2000 to 2002.
The state representative who spearheaded that bill, Mike Turzai introduced another malpractice reform bill in June of this year and is coming to the Rogues breakfast on Saturday, August 20 to tell us about it. And to tell us how we may be able to help get it passed.
When: 9 AM, Saturday, August 20, 2005
Where: The Holiday Inn on Fort Couch Road in Bethel Park
Please RSVP by Friday, Aug 19 to 412 279.1222 or email Herb so that I can get a count for the Holiday Inn. You may still attend (PLEASE) even if you don't RSVP.
Please pass the word to people you know and invite them to join us this Saturday. This should be an informative session.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Aug 20 date from Herb. Healthcare discussions slated.
Herb sent out an email: