Thursday, February 10, 2005

Better in Pennsylvania?

Governer Rendell claims victory in malpractice crisis. But somehow it still takes women 6 months to get an ob/gyn appointment in Philadelphia due to the exodus of doctors that continues...

"In response to employer concerns that malpractice awards were driving up health insurance costs, this body passed medical malpractice reforms in 2002 and 2003, which are beginning to bring down the cost of malpractice awards and settlements. Together we stopped the exodus of doctors who considered fleeing Pennsylvania to find relief from rising malpractice insurance costs by passing the MCARE abatement. The State Courts, under the leadership of Chief Justice Cappy and the members of the Supreme Court, changed venue rules, required certificates of merit, and imposed guidelines to review jury awards, all of which will reduce malpractice costs even further. The good news is that for the first time in recent years new companies are offering malpractice insurance policies in Pennsylvania and we have witnessed a 28 percent decline in the number of malpractice suits filed. "

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