Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, is eliminating 270 positions--190 which are currently filled--to meet skyrocketing medical malpractice insurance costs. The reductions, which represent 4.5% of the hospital's workforce of 6,100 employees, are effective June 30 and will help the 1,022-bed hospital absorb a $16 million increase in malpractice premiums for one year, a doubling of the expense for hospital coverage, officials said. Total malpractice insurance for the hospital and its physicians will cost about $50 million next year, officials said. Earlier this month the hospital said it would discontinue delivering babies at its Methodist Hospital Division on June 30 for the same reason. The closing of the delivery unit will result in the elimination of 91 jobs, which are included in the total number of 270.
Malpractice hikes cause layoffs at Thomas Jefferson
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