Audit Questions Doyle’s Plan For Malpractice Fund

State auditors today questioned Governor Doyle’s plan to transfer $175-million from the state’s medical malpractice fund to pay for other health care programs.

The Legislative Audit Bureau is warning that Doyle’s transfer would plunge the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund into a deficit. And auditors say it will likely force increases in the fees paid into the fund by health care providers.

Auditors also say the transfer could violate a state law that says the fund should be used only to help participating health care providers and people making claims against them.

The fund was created in 1975. It insures some 14-thousand Wisconsin doctors and health care providers from medical malpractice claims that exceed $1 million. Their malpractice insurance covers claims that are smaller.

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