State Looks to Protect Volunteer Docs from Malpractice Suits



Lorna Swartz, a retired child and adult psychiatrist in La Jolla, CA, wants to donate her time and care for the poor. California law says that if she were sued for care she provided as a volunteer, she wouldn't be protected against medical malpractice claims unless she purchased her own expanded coverage policy, at a cost of thousands of dollars. That's a situation that both the California Medical Association and the Medical Board of California, want to change.
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