Insurance Costs Forcing Some Older Doctors Out of Business

MARCH 1, 2004 - The spiraling costs of malpractice insurance is making it increasingly difficult for older doctors to practice in Arkansas.

Dr. Larry Dawson of Paragould retired last summer from private practice as a general surgeon.  The problem wasn't skill, but his age.  Lawson's malpractice insurance expired after 36 years and he wasn't able to get coverage from another company.

Other Arkansas physicians face the same problem.  The Arkansas Medical Society says medical malpractice carriers are taking a harder look at the age of physicians, and in some cases, the companies are refusing to cover physicians who are over a certain age.

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