Mcare debate keeps physicians in limbo

By Beth Weachter

Uncertainty over program could threaten patient access to care

More than 900 orthopaedic surgeons in Pennsylvania may have to wait until spring to learn what their total medical liability insurance bill will be for 2008. Gov. Edward G. Rendell and the Pennsylvania General Assembly are trying to work out differences on whether or not the state Mcare Fund, which assists doctors with medical liability insurance bills, should also help patients without healthcare insurance.

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