Illinois OBs re-evaluate practices in light of liability climate
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted May 3, 2004
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.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/05/03/prbf0503.htm.