Study: Toxic Medical Malpractice Insurance Environment Driving away Doctors

Side note: The “toxic” medical malpractice environment in Illinois is driving away doctors. This fact is supported by a recent study conducted by Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Half of the students graduating from the state’s medical schools plan to leave Illinois after graduation. They cite the sky-high medical malpractice insurance rates and the anti-doctor liability environment in the state government and Supreme Court.

BY MONIFA THOMAS
Chicago Sun Times Health Reporter

A new study says that half of all graduating medical residents or fellows trained in Illinois are leaving the state to practice elsewhere, a trend researcher’s blame in part on the state’s “toxic” medical malpractice environment.

Researchers from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine asked 561 Illinois medical students where they intended to practice after graduation and why.

Students who planned to leave Illinois, often for Wisconsin or Indiana, cited salary, opportunities to work in their specialty and proximity to family as the most important factors driving their decision.

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