Last Friday, the Troy Record published a letter to the editor written by LRANY’s Phoebe Stonbely in response to a recent report noting a significant physician shortage in New York. This growing problem is far from a new one and we must act to stop the flow of medical professionals out of our state.
“We applaud Sen. Schumer for proposing legislation to address New York’s doctor shortage (6/4/14 Troy Record: “Bill proposed by Sen. Charles Schumer addresses state’s shortage of primary care physicians”). The shortfall of doctors in New York is hardly a new problem; it has been a growing epidemic for decades, fueled in large part by a surplus of lawyers and inaction of the legislature in addressing the medical liability crisis faced by our state.
Doctors practicing in New York face a significantly higher risk of being sued than they would in other states, resulting in inordinate medical liability insurance premiums — so expensive in fact, that New York’s taxpayers pay more than $120 million annually to subsidize the cost, not because we have bad doctors but because we have bad laws.”