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March 10, 1999

Curbside Consultation and Malpractice Policies

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(10):899. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-10-jac90000

To the Editor: As subspecialists (endocrinologists) we have been informed by our malpractice insurer that curbside consultations should not be rendered under any circumstances because of the potential medicolegal burden. Did Dr Kuo and colleagues1 take this admonition into account when they interviewed the primary care physicians and medical subspecialists to see what effect this might have on their responses? How many other medical malpractice insurers impose such restrictions on their insured? This would be an interesting area to explore and may have widespread impact on this issue.

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