Patients Fail to Notice Physician ‘Slowdown’ Protest

Patients Fail to Notice Physician ‘Slowdown’ Protest By Scott Ott: (2003-02-03) — Although more than 1,300 New Jersey physicians staged a work slowdown Monday to protest the high cost of malpractice insurance, patients reported no difference in service.

“Sure, I sat there naked under that flimsy gown for several hours, but what’s new?” said Alan K. Seltzer of Paramus, NJ. “I thought protestors did unusual things to get your attention. This was the same old same old.”

A spokesman for New Jersey physicians said next week’s protest will include ice-cold stethoscopes, withholding eye-contact and illegible prescriptions.

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