Liability risk is causing a shortage of ER docs in Florida. “. . . if your health-care emergency doesn’t qualify as trauma – as most do not – you might be better off in Broward, Miami-Dade or other counties that unlike Palm Beach have large public hospitals where emergency room doctors are more plentiful. Public hospitals typically offer doctors sovereign immunity from lawsuits, so they don’t have to worry about adding to their malpractice liability risk by treating emergency patients.

An increasing number of Palm Beach County doctors, including many who no longer have malpractice insurance coverage, are refusing to work in the emergency room or reducing the days they are willing to work there because they fear the added liability risk.”

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  • Anonymous

    Out here in California a get a couple of letters a week trying to recruit me to some place in Florida. No thanks. I think I pay a lot for malpractice premiums but a pittance compared to Florida. I am self insured. I guess all their Florida insurers have not done to well with their investments in the stock market. CJD has taught us that.

  • Anonymous

    Actually, what I’ve been trying to teach you is that hurting the ability of those injured the worst to recover won’t keep those rates down. Investments are just one part of the pricing of insurance. But hey, at least you got one part – that’s more than most of the anonymice!

    But if you want to get the numbers on what’s actually going on down in Florida, I would suggest this report:

    http://www.dcmsonline.org/legislative/MedicalMalpracticeUpdate.pdf

    CJD

  • Anonymous

    By the way, the source of that report is the Duval County Medical Society.

  • Anonymous

    “hurting the ability of those injured the worst to recover”

    CJD, they don’t let doctors recover from frivolous lawsuits. Reverse damages would put an end to alot of this bullshit.

  • ismd

    CJD,

    Please knock off the bullshit. The report, which is found on the Duval Medical Society website, was NOT written by the society, but by what sounds like another ATLA front. And, yes, I read it, and it’s full of the same misquoted and malused statistics found in other ATLA front reports. At least there are some medical societies who’ll put this crap on their sites to help educate doctors about the nonsense being spewed by the trail lawyers. So stop twisting the facts – that’s the only thing you’ve taught any of us.

  • Anonymous

    Prove it wrong, don’t shoot the messenger because you don’t like the message. Most of that info came from the NPDB and from the insurers’ reports to the state of Florida.

    You’ll attack anyone to keep the belief alive, won’t you?

    CJD

  • Anonymous

    “CJD, they don’t let doctors recover from frivolous lawsuits. Reverse damages would put an end to alot of this bullshit.”

    Actually, most states do. Most states allow a party to make an offer to settle and if the result at trial is below a particular percentage of that offer, the other side pays the costs.

    Besides, usually the doctor pays nothing out of pocket, so what will they be reimbursing for? Their deductible? Deposition time? Trial time?

  • Anonymous

    “Besides, usually the doctor pays nothing out of pocket, so what will they be reimbursing for? Their deductible? Deposition time? Trial time?”

    Why not? The time spent in preparation and at trial is time away from practice, all the while overhead costs continue. Those are real costs.

    CH

  • Anonymous

    CJD, they don’t let doctors recover from frivolous lawsuits. Reverse damages would put an end to alot of this bullshit.”

    Actually, most states do.

    CJD, You’re telling me if you file a frivolous lawsuit against me, and I have to use up 2 weeks of vacation to sit in court and listen to you tell a jury what an idiot I am, and then the suit gets thrown out, I will get “reverse damages” ie 2 weeks pay plus “pain and suffering” dollars for my wasted time? Tell me where to sign up!

  • Anonymous

    The shortage of physicins will accelerate in Fl. The reason is nasty insurance cos. who work in collusion to cut rates; queston every decision we make and make billions in profits!!! Then blame doctors for the rising healthcare costs!!!!!!
    The congress is working for the big corporations and we are ” health care factory workers”.
    Texas, In, carolinas and co treat their mds much better.

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