Medical malpractice

2011 Major Medmal Bill; Good Background: HB 479 Analysis.

Tallahassee (November 29, 2006) - The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (Office) has released its 2006 annual report in the medical malpractice insurance market in Florida.  Pursuant to Florida law, the Office is required to annually issue a  summary and analysis on the state of medical malpractice insurance.
 
The annual report compares Florida's medical malpractice market to those of other states, provides information on the  financial performance of medical malpractice insurers, provides a review of the 2005 rate filings, and an analysis of the
closed claims data submitted to the Office's Professional Liability Claims Reporting (PLCR) system.
 
The report showed that the loss experience in Florida was competitive when compared to other large states.  The report
further illustrates that rate increases in 2005 were less than in 2004.  Fifteen companies were required to achieve an 80
percent market threshold for analysis required by statute, which is 25 percent greater than the 12 companies needed in 2004. 

Additional companies operating in the marketplace provide greater competition, choice, and price flexibility for consumers of  medical malpractice insurance.
 
"The 2003 legislative reforms made some substantial reforms geared toward improving Florida's medical malpractice market,"  Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty said.  "This report is reflective of the improvements the reforms brought about  and of the Legislature's dedication to ensuring Florida's physicians have the coverage they need to continue practicing in Florida."

 The report is available from this link:

http://www.floir.com/pdf/2006Medicalmalpracticereport.pdf 

Senate Banking & Insurance Committee report issued in January 2004 on the medical malpractice insurance package adopted during Special Session D the previous year. Excellent background.

 

Florida Senate: Implementation of Medical Malpractice Insurance Reforms