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January 20, 1975

The Press and the Physician Shortage

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Medina, Ohio

JAMA. 1975;231(3):247. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03240150011010

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To the Editor.—  We still read expressions of lamentation in the lay press and medical journals regarding the shortage or maldistribution of physicians. Undoubtedly many, many other middle-aged physicians have encountered a dilemma similar to mine that may have a significant effect on the number of practicing physicians.My professional career in obstetrics-gynecology has been rewarding and usually pleasant, free of malpractice suits. Now, when my practice is being scaled down to gynecology only, the yearly premium of my professional liability insurance has reached an all time high of $10,000.00. This, plus additional overhead of basics such as rental and salaries, creates a formidable challenge to a "limited practice." Perhaps retirement or acceptance of some quasimedical advisory job are more reasonable alternatives.