by Robert Emslie, MD
Every citizen owes it to himself and his family to educate himself as best he can about these difficult problems such as need for tort reform. One of the ways to do this is to talk to their own physicians who can tell them actual true stories of the difficulties that we are facing in Kentucky at this time in retaining physicians in such high risks especially as emergency room physicians, obstetricians, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons and other surgical and medical doctors.
It is clearly true that physicians such as family physicians practicing in rural areas with special qualifications in obstetrics can no longer afford the insurance necessary to delivery even uncomplicated pregnancies. All concerned patients should call 1-800-372-7181 and speak to a very nice and helpful person at the State Capitol Message Center. You can leave a personal message for your legislator and ask him to support constitutional change so that we can have meaningful tort reform in Kentucky and ensure the continuing provision of services which is growing increasingly difficult especially in such rural areas as ours. It just takes a minute to do this!