Sidebar article to "Doctors Shrug"
March 2003 -- On February 3, 2003, approximately 70 percent of New Jersey's 22,000 doctors took part in a work stoppage to protest the skyrocketing costs of malpractice insurance, according to Robert S. Rigolosi, the president of the Medical Society of New Jersey. The doctors either did not hold office hours or canceled appointments for non-emergency treatments or check-ups. But many of the physicians' protests were not wholly passive. Some 700 chanted "Tort reform now" outside of a Neptune, New Jersey, hospital. In Paramus, some 100 physicians gave blood to show that they want to continue to treat patients, if only the politicians will address their concerns. At other hospitals and medical facilities, doctors carried placards demanding that something be done about their insurance rates, which in certain cases have doubled or tripled in a period of a year or two, reaching into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Newspaper reports say that the New Jersey action may well be only the first of many physicians' strikes in this country. Similar actions have been planned in New York and Connecticut.
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