Malpractice rates spiked in the mid- 1980's, and the latest round of hikes is sparking a fresh round of scalpal-pointing. Some lawyers and consumer groups blame insurance companies, while doctors and insurance companies put the blame on out-of-control juries and lawyers.
Dr. Troy Brennan, president of the Brigham and Women's physician's organization
Dr. Gregory Sarraco, general surgeon Wheeling Hospital in West Virginia
Dr. Tony Balsamo, orthopedic surgeon in Pennsylvania
Leo Boyle, attorney
Julie Ravner, health policy correspondent for NPR
This program aired on January 9, 2003.