The latest stats on malpractice insurance rates

January 1, 2005

When it comes to medical malpractice insurance premiums, physicians can expect "a very mixed market," according to Medical Liability Monitor (10/04). The publication's 2004 rate survey found a wide range of reported rate changes throughout the country.

When it comes to medical malpractice insurance premiums, physicians can expect "a very mixed market," according to Medical Liability Monitor (10/04). The publication's 2004 rate survey found a wide range of reported rate changes throughout the country.

Ob/gyns are not immune to this mixed market. For example, ob/gyns in Dade County, Fla., are paying the highest rates in the country, while those in Nebraska are paying the lowest. Ob/gyns in Dade County can expect to pay as much as $277,241 for coverage-up 11.3% from 2003. Those in Nebraska can expect to pay the same premium as they did in 2003, $16,194.

The most dramatic rate change was seen in Maryland, where ob/gyns saw a 132.8% increase in premiums. These physicians can expect to pay $102,587 in 2004-up from $44,063 in 2003.