Doctors Decry Soaring Malpractice Rates Washington

Physicians are facing medical liability insurance rate increases of up to 81 percent, and many health care providers are concerned about their ability to find affordable coverage, a new survey found.

Hospitals and physicians are responding to the rate increases in ways that affect access to health care, the survey by the Washington-based American Hospital Association revealed. Some physicians, the survey said, are retiring or moving to locations with lower premiums. Some providers are cutting back on high-risk services, such as delivering babies and certain types of surgery.

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