With medical malpractice rates leveling off–albeit at much higher levels than in the past–so, too, have the number of new start-up medical malpractice insurers.

After two consecutive years of very strong growth in the number of start-up medical malpractice insurers across the country, 2005 saw a significant drop in the number of new start-ups, as shown in Table 1. While the rate of growth has slowed, the total number of medical malpractice insurers beginning operations since January 2002 stands at an impressive 105 companies.

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