Physician Walkout

Across the country health care providers are striking or closing down to protest the rising cost of malpractice insurance and in northeast Florida.

Wednesday around 300 doctors and health care workers in Saint Johns County, Florida walked off the job to make their complaints heard. The doctors called for a $250,000 cap on malpractice awards, saying out-of-control jury awards are behind the hikes.

President Bush and a Florida task force appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush have also called for such a limit. A group that opposes the doctor's plans has said the rate hikes are caused primarily by the insurance companies looking to recoup stock market losses.


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