Two-thirds of state chapters responding to an American College of Emergency Physicians survey said medical malpractice liability insurance for physicians has become unaffordable or unattainable. All 30 chapters that responded reported steep premium increases -- in several cases by 100% -- and 25 of the 30 chapters said medical malpractice insurers had pulled out of their markets. Only six chapters said their states are seeking solutions, the college said. Higher malpractice insurance premiums and fewer carriers could worsen overcrowding in the nation's emergency rooms, warned the ACEP, based in Irving, Texas. "Emergency departments are already down to bare-bone resources trying to care for increasing numbers of sicker patients," said ACEP President Michael Carius, M.D. "The physician liability crisis is only going to further jeopardize patients' care and drain the emergency department of its last resources." -- by Susanna Duff
ER docs report widespread insurance problems
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