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Malpractice Crisis Puts Medical School in Peril

The Nation | IN BRIEF / NEVADA

March 26, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Nevada's only medical school will lose its malpractice insurance July 1, and if replacement coverage is not found, the medical care of thousands of patients treated by faculty and residents could cease, university officials said.

"This could close down the medical school if we don't find a solution to this," said Stephen McFarlane, dean of the University of Nevada School of Medicine, which operates in Reno and Las Vegas.

The medical school is insured by the St. Paul Cos., which sparked the malpractice crisis in Nevada when it announced it would stop offering medical coverage this year as policies expire.

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