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Troubled NY hospitals forgo coverage for malpractice

The New York Times, July 16, 2012

Several of New York City's most troubled hospitals are partially or completely uninsured for malpractice, state records show, forgoing what is considered a standard safeguard across the country. Some have saved money to cover their liabilities, but others have used up their malpractice reserves, meaning that any future awards or settlements could come at the expense of patients' care, and one hospital has closed its obstetric practice, in part out of fear of lawsuits. Executives of these hospitals, most of which are in poor neighborhoods, say their dire financial circumstances and high premiums make it impractical to pay millions of dollars a year for insurance.