ERIC Number: ED276958
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Sep-15
Reference Count: 0
Medical Malpractice: Insurance Costs Increased but Varied among Physicians and Hospitals. Report to Congressional Requesters.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
This report concerns the medical malpractice situation in the United States and contains information on the cost of malpractice insurance for physicians and hospitals. The report contains an executive summary and four chapters. Chapter 1 reviews the background of the problem and the objectives, scope, and methodology of the report. Chapter 2 examines total malpractice premium costs for physicians in 1983 and in 1985 and average premiums by region and specialty, and concludes that physician medical malpractice insurance costs have increased, but they vary widely by location and specialty. Chapter 3 examines hospital malpractice costs and concludes that hospital medical malpractice insurance costs increased from 1983 to 1985, but varied by region and by size of institution. Chapter 4 looks at changes in hospitals' limits of coverage, sources of coverage, and other actions taken by hospitals and concludes that many hospitals increased total coverage limits while inpatient days decreased. Eight appendices, 44 data tables, and 2 figures are included. (NB)
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877 ( 1-5 copies, free; 6-99 copies, $2.00/copy; 100 or more, 25% discount).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.