Independent from Long Beach, California on March 18, 1976 · Page 5
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 5

Long Beach, California
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Thursday, March 18, 1976
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MDs rip Brown Lawmakers cleared of wrongdoing malpractice bill .SACRAMENTO ( A P - The Bro\yn administration's malpractice bill made its legislative debut Wednesday and ran into solid opposition from major doctors' groups. "This would provide very short-lived relief," Dr. Kash Rose, president-elect of the California Medical Association, told an Assembly committee. The United Physicians of California (UPO, which led a Southern California doctors' slowdown in January, said the bill would lead to "astronomical" insurance premiums for doctors in eight to 10 years. Even the author of the measure, Assemblyman Howard Berman, D-Beverly Hills, said it "is only a temporary solution, postponing the day of reckoning." A Berman aide said after the hearing, "There's no sign of consensus." The hearing was the first of several scheduled in the Assembly Finance, Insurance and Commerce Committee before a vote is taken. Herman's bill, drafted after months of negotiations with doctors and aides to Gov. Brown, would set up a state fund that would offer malpractice insurance at an initial average of $4,000 a year. But that rate, about one-third of the current average premium in Southern California, would swell by up to 30 per cent a year to cover future malpractice claims. It could reach $40,000 in 10 years. Doctors' groups have asked instead for some type of taxpayer subsidy, either direct or .through a tax on insurance policies or hospital fees. "If the premiums are still on the physicians' shoulders, you're going to find yourself with a problem of medical delivery," said UPC spokesman Michael r'rei- lich. He s a i d d o c t o r s were l e a v i n g California in increasing numbers for stales where insurance is cheaper. But Berman said the only ways he knew of to bring costs down were mandatory doctor participation in the fund, which doctors are resisting, or a provision to pay only part of an award if the fund went bankrupt, which he said may be unconstitutional. But Berman said it at least offered a way to bring insurance to "reasonable and affordable levels" while the Legislature decides whether new legal curbs on malpractice suits are needed. Doctors also objected to a provision of the bill which would require 18,000 doctors to join the' fund before it took effect. They called the requirement unrealistic, since m a n y doctors are signing up with physician-owned insurance companies. A watered-down pubic service provision, which would require doctors to draw up plans for serving medically needy areas, also drew doctor opposition. "We're opposed to public service in this type of legislation, though we're not opposed to public service," said Rose. lie said the CMA would propose its own public service plan by next January. Malpractice bill on co-ops gains From Our Stole Burraa ' S A C R A M E N T O - " S k y r o c k e t i n g insur- Legislalion authorizing ance claims arc due prim a r i l y to SACRAMENTO (AP Five Southern California legislators w e r e cleared Wednesday of suspicions of wrongdoing by the State Fair Political Practices Commission. They h a d a c c e p t e d $1,000 speaking fees from the California Medical Association last October. Commission Chairman Dan Lowenslein said there was a "strong possibility" that the fees constituted g i f t s arranged by lobby- i s t s , which would be a violation of California's Campaign Reform Act of 1974. B u t , Lowcnstcin said, «JI, ciiit.. Ttrort.. March ii. wt INDEPf NDENT (AM) led the commission to clear all of the lawmakers of suspicion (if ing. t h e r e w a s c o n f u s i o n among lobbyists and legislators over whether t h e payments actually w e r e gifts, and the "good-faith efforts to comply with the law on the part of some" The five are Sens. John Stull, K-Escondido, and Ncwlon Russell, R C!len- dale, and Assemblymen W i l l i a m Umcaster, H- PRESS-TEIEGRAM (PM-A-5. Covina, 1'aul 1'riolo, 11: P a c i f i c Palisades, ;ind · F r a n k Vieencia, D-Boll-; flower. ; l.nsl month, three olher; legislators who look Itii' fees and one who returned his check uncashcd wore similarly cleared. Dorothy Gray Hormone or Moisturizing 3.00 Values HAND CREAMS 4 oz. sire 1.75 Guard agairut drying; keeps skin smooth. Non-greasy, absorbs in- irantly. Cosmetics -- Streel Flow ers Walk t h a f r i e n d l y s t o r e o f L o n g B o a c h SAVINGS forSPRING! FRIDAY SATURDAY 10.00105:30 FREE WITH 8" EARRING PURCHASE Kavo your ears pierced safety . . . and in less tintc tlian you'd imagine wilh our oar piercing gun. Ten seconds ts all il takes lo insert the liny, surgical sled 24K gold overlay earrinys. Persons under 18 years of ago muit have parental consent. Street Floor physicians to f o r m m a l practice insurance cooper- a t i v e s w a s approved Wednesday by the Assembly C o m m i t t e e on Fin a n c e , I n s u r a n c e a n d Commerce. The b i l l by Assemblyman Fred Chel, D-Long Beach, received an 11-3 vote and will now be considered by the full Assembly. Existing law permits a physician or a group of physicians within a profess i o n a l c o r p o r a t i o n or partnership to self-insure, Chel said, but prohibits doctors with no business relationships from joining in an insurance cooperative. nuisance claims," he told the committee. "The insurance companies find that it is easier to settle nuisance claims than it is (o contest them. In order to pay for the settlements, however, the insurance companies increase premium rates. "This bill would enable physicians lo join together on a cooperative basis in order lo provide a defense of these suits, instead of opting for expedient settlement. "If a doctor is found liable for malpractice, each m e m b e r of the cooperative would be required (o pay a portion of the settlement." Ladies' Polyester Pants Compare at 16.00 / .OO Pr. Pullon elastic waist, stitched front seam. Short and average lengths. Beautiful pink, blue, beige; navy and black. Sizes 8 to 18. Sportswear -- Second Floor REPEAT SALE Men's Double Knit Sport Coats Values to 55.00 29.90 Great color and pattern assortment of men's polyester double knit sport coals. Fully lined. Shorls, regulars and longs. Men's Wear--Street Floor SPECIALS FOR THURSDAY, FRIDAY SATURDAY DRESSES AND PANT SUITS LADIES' DRESS SPECIAL Assorted styles; mostly darks. Misses and half sizes. Broken size range. LADIES' PANT SUITS Values to 26.00 Broken sizes in misses end half sizes. Easy care, of course. LONG DRESSES 9.99 alucs to 26.00 9.99 Misses sizes only. Sleeveless prints; dark and light colors. 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