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Doctors take on the Family and Medical Leave Act

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Dr. Elizabeth Maziarka examines June Mendez at the Codman Square Health Center, April 11, 2006, in Dorchester, Mass. (Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images)

Many hail the FMLA as a success, 20 years on. But it’s far from perfect — especially in the eyes of doctors, who tell us the paperwork asks them to be soothsayers and places them in the middle of companies and their employees.

Medical Professionals: What’s your experience with the FMLA?

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Dr. Marc Downing is a pediatric surgeon in Kalamazoo, Mich. He says the leave application process under the FMLA puts the doctor in the middle of a potentially tense relationship between employer and employee. (Photo shared by Marc Downing)

The Family and Medical Leave Act turns 20 this week. Medical professionals, we want to hear from you. Have you witnessed attempted abuse of the law? Do you feel trapped in the middle of a tense relationship between employer and employee? What’s your experience with the FMLA?

Five things doctors want

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Doctors Seek Higher Fees From Health Insurers

Straight from doctors’ mouths: What would make their lives better — and yours. Mostly, it’s time they say they need — and lots of financial change.