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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 5, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas March Kilpatrick discusses the cost of medical malpractice costs to see below JAMES KILPATRICK O pinions Dave General Manager Robert Editor James Kilpatrick AMA wants to save consumers from costs In onefourth of the states obstetricians have stopped delivering In the average award in a malpractice suit has climbed to In every doctors are practicing defensive medicine at staggering cost to the nations bill for medical Something in this situation has to and it has to give The American Medical Association AMA will be taking the offensive this year in a campaign for relief from a burden that the profession finds almost Tart of the campaign will be Part will be The AMA makes a good The in its simplest is that malpractice judgements have soared beyond the reach of malpractice Until 1930 there wasnt much of a but as drugs became more potent and technology lawsuits began to Even the costs of medical claims remained manageable until about 15 years Then jury verdicts began to take In the midpoint of verdicts against physicians was the average was In the midpoint verdict was and the average was For injuries to the midpoint verdict in 1984 was The figures from California are In when litigation 226 malpractice suits went to The defendant doctors won 74 percent of the but juries still awarded million in damages to 58 The average award was In won 68 percent of the 15 suits that went to but jury verdicts from 49 plaintiffs came to nearly million an average of Nine of the awards in California were for more than a million The trend has forced many oldline insurance companies to stop writing malpractice insurance Doctors have formed their own but they too have been compelled to charge almost prohibitive Between 1977 and premiums for medical professional liability rose from billion to but losses in 1983 amounted to The hidden costs of the situation are more difficult to A task force of the AMA believes that defensive medicine may add from billion to billion a year to the costs of medical doctors will order diagnostic tests and take other measures not because these measures are but because they may provide a defense later One study indicated that fully 25 percent of a doctors bill may represent defensive The AMA plans a vigorous public relations campaign to remind con sumers that in one way or another they foot the cost of all The AMA also will be lobbying hard in state legislature for changes in the rules that govern malpractice One change that makes sense 18 states already have adopted it would permit or require periodic payments to successful Such payments are less costly to and they assure that will be available to the injured person over a period of The AMA will be lobbying Congress but the associations ideas on federal legislation appear not to have The general idea is for the federal government to provide unspecified incentives to the states to adopt the kind of laws the AMA would like to see on the In point of fact the states have not been With the sole exception of West every state has acted in this In nine parts of their programs have been found but such states as In Louisiana and Nebraska have enacted com prehensive programs intended to keep malpractice costs within reasonable Federal legislation may be the wrong medicine for this but the problem manifestly demands Doctors do make mistakes sometimes terrible mistakes and the victims of their negligence deserve All the many of these jury awards bear no rational relationship to the injuries and the unwarranted verdicts drive up the cost of medical care for everyone COMRAP6 CHBRNWKO S M dUSTMBPS Your representatives Mark White Governors Office Room 200 State Capitol Texas 78701 John Traeger Texas Senate Capitol Station 78711 Lloyd Bentsen United States Senate Room240 Russell Bldg 20510 Phil Gramm United States Senate Washington 20510 Edmund Kuempel Texas House of Representatives Box 2910 Texas 78769 Mac Sweeney Guadalupe County House of Representatives 20515 Tom Loeffler House of Representatives 1212 Longworth House Office Bldg 20515 Jack Anderson Government finds evidence of Soviet biological warfare WASHINGTON In past columns Ive reported on the threat posed by the Soviet Unions persistent efforts to develop new and evergrislier biological Now I have even more frightening evidence obtained from the most secret The intelligence evidence Indicates that the Soviets have maintained an offensive biological warfare program and capability since the 1971 Biological Weapons Con one CIA report Though the Soviets signed the resulting they have consistently violated it and just as consistently bed about their But the CIA has managed to penetrate the Kremlins best efforts to cover its tracks on germ warfare testing a CIA sources told my associate Dale Van Atta the agencys experts on Soviet military organization have been able to identify the unit responsible for all aspects of the Soviet This covert administrative and organizational apparatus is hidden deep inside the Ministry of Defense and is called the Seventh Main UHATAPZ YOU GCmALKEPINTO THATALlSPtfUSA THOUSHTYOUP FOR USA FOR AFRICA UONEl IM SORT ASKING YOU PIPTHAT6IG yean ywe EVERY OP IN AMERICA sHOwep UP PtANA PAUL KENNY TINA SMOKBY WBINSOM ANP f WJMOK FAMILIAR WHO C In a separate division of the Microbiological Industry Organization a supposedly civilian agency was created by 1976 to help the directorate in its deadly The headed by a includes heavily military sponsored facilities for the development and storage of small quantities of micro organisms until they are needed for largescale production of germwar The CIA has also identified nine locations where the Soviets carry on their The two primary sites and the ones that have been confirmed beyond question as biologicalweapons facilities are at Sver dlovsk and the Siberian city known as Ekaterinburg in 1918 when the Bolsheviks shot Czar Nicholas II and his family was the scene of a biological weapons plant Accident that killed anywhere from 200 to people in April The Zagorsk facility masquerades under the title of Scientific Research Institute of Not far from Zagorsk is where the germ weapons spends much of his Both plants were completed in with new construction continuing through last Both are known to be under military and a secret National Security Council report states that of particular interest at Sverdlovsk and Zagorsk are highly secure special storage areas which are designed for weapons assembly and Despite their obvious military the situation at Sverdlovsk and Zagorsk is somewhat confused and perhaps as a deliberate coyer by the fact portions of the two facilities are engaged in legitimate research and production connected with the agricultural and food processing The third most important biological weapons at Berdsk in was completed in with further construction in The CIAs evidence indicates that the Berdsk plant is a backup for production and a storage A new molecular biological linked to Berdsk and geneticengineering has been identified at The Kennedy case It was more than 21 years ago that John Kennedy was gunned down in but facts about the assassination keep floating to the surface like flotsam from some long sunken some fascinating fragments have turned up in an unnoticed federal ap peals court filing by Harold The 71yearold former newsman has been trying for years to force a reluctant Justice Department to come clean on the JFK Longsecret FBI documents pried out by Weisberg and other investigators provide these tantalizing tidbits on the the alleged killer and the tragedys af termath Lee Harvey the loner generally accepted as Kennedys single once told an FBI agent he bad been contacted by the Soviet secret pottee presumably during the period he lived in But the never asked Oswald what the contact consisted Weisberg believes Oswald was lying The truth may never be An FBI agent said Os wald at one was either an informant or source for the bureau and knowingly provided lolonuattofl to the FBI in What fe is not
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