The Gotham Gazette has published an opinion article from LRANY’s Executive Director, Tom Stebbins: The ‘Worst State for Doctors’ Has a Dangerous Pre-existing Condition. The article points to the medical liability crisis New York has been facing for too long and simple changes to fix this ailing issue.
“Another year, and another report naming New York the “Worst State for Doctors.” Time and time again, our state ranks dead last as a place for physicians to practice.
The primary reason for the Empire State’s strained relationship with the medical profession is the staggering cost of medical liability insurance. New York has the highest per capita medical liability payouts in the country. These payouts are 35 times higher, per capita, than they are in the lowest state. Nearly 20 percent of all the medical liability payouts in the U.S. are paid in New York, more than all of the medical liability payouts for the entire Midwest.”