what is happening?

  1. I live in a rural area in idaho. The small hospital that is near by is no longer taking ob patients due to lack of physicians. I have heard that certain states are making it very hard for ob doctors, since malpractice insurance is so high. I am actually having to take a job in a different area of practice, because the only way I can continue to do ob is to travel, and that has gotten too hard on my family. Is anybody else experiencing this?
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  2. 8 Comments

  3. by   HazeK
    Our very busy hospital is loosing OB MDs every month due to extreeme malpractice rates!

    Haze
    Las Vegas
  4. by   Ldrn
    We lost all our family practice m.d.s who were doing deliveries because of insurance premiums.
    In some cases I was grateful to loose the Docs but
    along with the good came the bad. We lost a few really good physicians who practiced true family medicine. Over all our census is down 40% from last year our facility is in threat of loosing our
    level 2 status. Our decrese numbers are direct relation to hospital managment on P&P
  5. by   BBnurse34
    Two of our local hospitals are no longer doing deliveries. A newspaper article stated that OB doesn't make enough money for the hospital
  6. by   jdomep
    Here in PA we are losing an awesome neurogroup (10++ docs) because of malpractice ins. rates - they are going to MD or NJ...my OB group had a major prob last year getting their malpractice renewed

    I would just like to know who the lawyers will go to when we no longer have good docs...

    We had an article in the paper last week saying PA had some of the highest rates...

    Really sad...
  7. by   Hardknox
    We have lost our largest OB group when they had too many of them switch to just GYN or into research. Some of our Docs have left the state. It is a big problem for all docs in MA.
  8. by   NurseAngie
    SAD SAD SAD !!!!!!!!

    Peace,
    ~Angie
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    given the event i was just witness to, i can see why so many are leaving. you can have 10,000 great outcomes...one go bad, and you are in shytcreek and got no paddle to get out. i am seriously considering getting out of OB myself. all it takes is one, guys. just one bad, tragic event and the wrong people trying to implicate you. that's the name of the game. death is an OPTION not a reality in this country....and til we realize some things cannot be controlled, we in medical care are doomed one way or the other. i need no further convincing after what i have witnessed.
  10. by   RNLaborNurse4U
    Originally posted by jdomep
    Here in PA we are losing an awesome neurogroup (10++ docs) because of malpractice ins. rates - they are going to MD or NJ...my OB group had a major prob last year getting their malpractice renewed
    I'm curious as to which area in PA you're talking about Julie. A very large OB GYN group in my area had the same problem getting their malpractic renewed as of Jan 1, 2002. As an L&D nurse, and working the night of Dec 31, 2001, I was quite a bit concerned about what we were going to do if we had any of their patients come in and deliver after midnight. (Luckily, this practice got a last minute reprieve from, I believe it was, the State, which granted them temporary malpractice insurance. They still have to obtain a new malpractice policy/coverage for the group).

    I'm in the SouthEast part of PA, by the way, in Lancaster County.

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