When Doctors Stop Delivering Babies
July 1, 2002
The medical liability insurance crisis is driving obstetricians and gynecologists from their practices in a number of states, where premiums have become so expensive as to be prohibitive.
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is warning that the rising premiums are threatening the availability of doctors to deliver babies in nine states.
- The American Medical Association adds another three states to the list.
- OB-GYN is always one of the hardest hit medical specialties because of the risk of birth defects and complications.
- Pregnant women in these states -- finding their regular doctor has ceased practicing -- are having to scramble to find a new specialist.
Doctors and insurance companies say tort reform -- including such measures as caps on pain and suffering damages -- is the only way to solve the crisis. OB-GYNs can, on average, expect to be sued two or three times during their careers.
Source: Rita Ruben, "Fed-Up Obstetricians Look for a Way Out," USA Today, July 1, 2002.
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