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A Self-Inflicted "Crisis:" New York's Medical Malpractice Insurance Troubles Caused by Flawed State Rating Setting and Raid on Rainy Day Fund

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Shortsighted policy decisions by New York's government in the 1990s are responsible for the purported medical malpractice "crisis" in the state, according to this report released by Public Citizen, New York Public Interest Research Group and the Center for Medical Consumers. Gov. Eliot Spitzer and a task force studying malpractice are urged to focus on ways to improve patient safety and to resist pleas from the insurance industry and the state's doctors to pare back patients' legal rights.