Lawsuits Fueling Health Care Crisis

On May 6, most of the obstetricians in Las Vegas adopted a policy of rejecting newly pregnant women as patients, even if the woman was an existing patient.

The doctors of Clark County, Nev., simply cannot afford the necessary malpractice insurance. In Las Vegas, a doctor who delivers fewer than 125 babies a year would pay between $40,000 to $80,000 in insurance. Delivering 125 to 175 babies would raise the premium to over $100,000. The more babies they deliver, the higher their premiums.

Las Vegas is not alone in its sudden shortage of obstetrical care. Abuse of lawsuits is creating an alarming and needless health crisis for women and newbornsin the United States. While lawye