Docs, Hospitals to Get Payment Break for Malpractice Fund

The Associated Press

Indiana doctors and hospitals will catch a break on the rates they pay to support a malpractice payout fund starting next month. But the deal probably won’t translate into lower patient bills.

The state Department of Insurance says Patient’s Compensation Fund surcharge rates will be reduced 19 percent for doctors and 1 percent for hospitals starting March 1st.

Insurance Commissioner Jim Atterholt says health care providers contribute to the fund on a voluntary basis, and the majority of Indiana’s doctors participate.

It provides up to $1 million in coverage after malpractice insurance pays the first $250,000 in damages.

State insurance officials say they were able to decrease the surcharge for the first time after making the fund run more efficiently.

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