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PostPosted: 12 Apr 2010, 01:47 
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Malpractice costs driving doctors out...
Soaring malpractice insurance premiums are forcing doctors to scale back their practices, retire early, move to other cities or find new work.
On the North Shore, an obstetrician-gynecologist who will pay $118,000 in liability insurance next year is studying to obtain a pharmacist license.
In the 12-month period ending last July, liability insurance premiums nationwide increased 24.7 percent for internists, 25 percent for general surgeons and 19.6 percent for obstetrician-gynecologists, the Medical Liability Monitor reports.

In Chicago, annual premiums total about $32,000 for internists, $76,000 for general surgeons and $110,000 for OB-GYNs. One reason rates are so high for OB-GYNs is that doctors get sued after difficult births leave babies with permanent disabilities.

There's anecdotal evidence insurance costs are changing the way doctors practice.

Brain surgeons, for example, may do less brain surgery. According to a survey of 700 neurologists by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 43 percent said they are planning to or are considering restricting their practice to get relief from liability premiums as high as $300,000.


Thats just crazy.... If it keeps going like that we´re not gonna have any doctors left. Students might already be thinking of malpractice insurance before choosing a field in medicine...! And then they said:
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State probes neurosurgeon shortage
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 Post subject: Re: Malpractice
PostPosted: 13 Apr 2010, 18:31 
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So doctors are fearing the cost of them screwing up? Glad I'm not the only one.


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