Malpractice premiums continue their downward trend for most physicians
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Malpractice insurance premiums stayed the same or declined slightly for most primary care physicians in 2011, continuing a multi-year trend and bringing some relief to physicians struggling to cope with stagnant or declining incomes.
Overall, 50% of family/general doctors and 57% of internists reported that their premiums stayed the same or decreased from 2010 to 2011, with 16% of respondents in both categories saying their premiums increased. The remainder either did not know or didn't respond.
The survey, part of the 84th Continuing Study conducted by Medical Economics, consists of data collected from physicians in June via the Internet (see "About the survey" for more information). In addition to internal medicine and family/general practice, specialties covered in the survey and their median annual premiums were:
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