I just read an article in American Medical News about medical malpractice insurance costs. Included in the article was a small graphic about how much internists pay for medical malpractice insurance.
Internists in Dade County, Florida paid medical malpractice insurance premiums that were 1400% higher than internists in the state of Minnesota. Illinois internists in Chicago paid more than 12 times as much in malpractice insurance premiums as their Minnesota counterparts. In other words, internists in select Florida and Illinois counties pay more for malpractice insurance in one month than internists in the state of Minnesota pay for an entire year.
There are similar premium disparities for general surgeons and obstetricians, with Long Island, NY and Las Vegas NV also consistently being on the list for high malpractice premiums
Does that mean that the Florida and Illinois physicians were 1200% to 1400% more negligent than doctors in Minnesota? Doubtful. It just means that Miami, FL; Chicago, IL; Las Vegas, NV; and Long Island, NY are places where insurance companies have determined that it is much more risky to practice medicine.
When doctors search for the best states in which to practice medicine, they should consider the medical malpractice environment when making that decision. Given these statistics, doctors should not practice in Miami, Chicago, Las Vegas, or Long Island if they want to reduce their medical malpractice risk.
Suing your way to better health care doesn’t work very well, does it, Senator Nelson?