April 20, 2023
Providers | Tea Leaves
  • According to the American Medical Association (AMA), the cost of malpractice insurance is surging in some states, and the increased premiums threaten access to health care in areas seeing the biggest bumps. The AMA report marks the fourth year in a row of increased premiums for medical liability insurance and comes as clinicians also face additional risks in states advancing restrictive laws on abortion or gender-affirming care. “If current trends continue, even if slower and less severe than the last hard market, this medical liability pressure could have detrimental effects on health care markets, such as an increase in defensive medicine, lower physician supply, and thus reduced access to care,” José Guardado, senior economist for the AMA, wrote in the report.  (Article here)