Illinois OBs re-evaluate practices in light of liability climate

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted May 3, 2004

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In the last two years, 11% of Illinois obstetrician-gynecologists gave up obstetrics because of liability concerns, says a study by the Chicago-based OB/GYN Crisis Coalition and the Illinois section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Some 99% of those Illinois ob-gyns surveyed say increasing insurance costs are the single biggest concern facing the profession, and 89% would not recommend to new doctors that they practice in the state.

And ob-gyns said insurance costs would impact their practices in the years to come, with 56% saying they were considering giving up obstetrics in the next two years and 19% saying they were extremely likely to stop practicing obstetrics.

The margin of error in the study was plus or minus 4.47%, with a 95% confidence level.

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