"Five dollars of every visit goes to malpractice"

The numbers don’t lie:

As a typical gynecologist, without a history of lawsuits, Dr. Schmitt said, she pays $170,000 a year. “And I don’t do obstetrics.” By her calculations, it costs $50 an hour to cover malpractice insurance costs alone; the total overhead, of course, includes charges for the office space, nurses’ salaries, and supplies. “No one’s driving Mercedeses.”

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