NYC Hospital Obstetricians Face Insurance Cutoff

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A malpractice insurance company has threatened not to renew coverage for eight Bronx obstetricians who treat poor, high-risk patients.

The New York Times reports that Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company issued the warning in a letter last month. It went out to eight of 13 obstetricians at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center.

The hospital delivers about 2,700 babies a year. Many of the patients are teenagers or have diabetes, high blood pressure or other medical problems.

The letter cited a “method of practice” among the doctors that made them “an unreasonable burden” to other policyholders.

It did not specify how many times each doctor had been sued. The hospital said its services compare favorably with other hospitals.

The Times says Bronx obstetricians pay among the highest premiums in New York.

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  • the bandid

    malpractice insurances fees is what driving the cost of health care trough the roof and we are paying the price, stop the law suits and see the price of health care go down

  • jaypee

    I can’t blame the insurance companies. These mom’s come in with all sorts of vaginal infections, many do not get pre natal care by choice, They do not follow doctors instructions. They then give birth to a one pound baby that the docs manage to miraculously keep alive and then they sue them for birth defects related to complications of prematurity. This does not only happen in the Bronx but in most City and State hospitals with a high Medicaid clientele..

  • Same old same old

    You might think that with higher birth rates in lower income areas, there would be lower risks since the procedure is more common. Higher frequency implying that the rishs are spread out over a greater pool size. I guess I was wrong. The insurance company wins again.

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