Dec. 30, 2005
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The high cost of medical malpractice insurance has led more physicians to go without coverage, turn down high-risk patients and decline to take call in hospital emergency departments. In addition, because physicians are providing more services in settings other than hospitals, relationships between hospitals and physicians have started to deteriorate.
"The combination of high costs, more uninsured people and a tough malpractice insurance climate poses significant barriers to care for many of Miamis most vulnerable residents," said Paul B. Ginsburg, Ph.D., president of HSC, a nonpartisan policy research organization funded principally by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Other key findings of the report, Uninsured Patients, Malpractice Insurance Woes Stress Miami Health Care Market, which is available here, include:
Miami is one of 12 communities across the country tracked intensively by HSC
researchers through site visits. The new report is based on a June 2005 site
visit and interviews with more than 65 Miami health care leaders, representing
health plans, employers, hospitals, physicians and policy makers.
The Center for Studying Health System Change is a nonpartisan policy research organization committed to providing objective and timely research on the nations changing health system to help inform policy makers and contribute to better health care policy. HSC, based in Washington, D.C., is funded principally by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is affiliated with Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.