Rodwin Explains Increasing Medical Practice Expenses
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According to a study done at Suffolk University and published on May 8, 2006 in the journal "Health Affairs", malpractice premiums increased from 6% of physicians' total expenses in 1970 to 11% of expenses in 1986, but dropped back to 6% of expenses in 1996 and still remained low at 7% of expenses in 2000. This study - like many others - supports the belief that the "malpractice crisis" is primarily a mantra that liability insurers use to try to generate more profits by extracting inflated premiums from doctors, manipulating public opinion, reducing jury verdicts and squeezing favorable laws from reluctant legislatures. Another finding of the study was that "other practice expenses increased substantially". No doubt a large part of the actual increase in doctors' expenses is caused by the insurers themselves - whose practices require doctors to add staffers to submit and re-submit their bills over and over again trying to get paid. Such insurance company practices - not malpractice premiums - are surely the major drawback of a private medical practice today. See (Rodwin et al., "Malpractice Premiums and Physicians' Income: Perceptions of a Crisis Conflict With Empirical Evidence," Health Affairs, 5/8/06).
Game Truck Georgia was recently hit with a $4.7 million judgment for injuries arising out of a game of "bubble soccer". But this was after they had pleaded with their insurer to settle those same claims for a pretrial offer of $1 million - which was within their policy limits. Their insurer, Atlantic Specialty Insurance, declined those offers and forced the case to trial. Now the attorneys for Game Truck Georgia are chasing their own insurance company for its bad faith refusal to settle - a refusal which led to the insolvency and desctruction of their business.
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