Faced with a doubling of annual premiums for medical liability coverage, a group of obstetricians in Connecticut may create its own insurance company to keep costs down. Women's Health Connecticut, a group practice based in Avon that includes about 150 obstetrician-gynecologists, hopes to form its own insurance company by Aug. 1, when its current insurer -- the Doctors Co., Napa, Calif. -- plans to double its annual premiums to about $100,000. Many obstetrician/gynecologists -- socked with some of the highest premiums of any of the medical specialties -- are being forced to limit services, retire or relocate because of the skyrocketing costs of insurance, according to the Chicago-based American Medical Association, which recently added Connecticut to its list of 18 "crisis" states for malpractice insurance. -- by Michael Romano
High premiums may force OBs into insurance biz
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