New York City Obstetricians Face Insurance Cutoff

March 2, 2011

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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