Rising Medical Malpractice Insurance Premiums? Yes & No

side note: The author of this article uses the Annual Rate Survey data published by Medical Liability Monitor — which illustrates a downward trend in medical malpractice insurance premiums — to question whether federal tort reform should be included in any deficit reducing strategies (see AMA Wants Supercommittee to Limit Malpractice Suits). He also questions what factors have been at play to influence this downward premium trend.

by Robert Lowes, Medscape

October 5, 2011 — In yet another plea for tough tort reform, organized medicine told the deficit-cutting Congressional super committee earlier this week that problems in the current medical liability system “contribute to the increase in medical liability insurance premiums.”

That assertion would be true — and yet also would be untrue.

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