Taking on Med Mal Reform in New York City


Oversight Hearing on Professional and Financial Barriers Facing Women's Health Care Providers
January 31, 2012

Iffath Abbasi Hoskins, MD, FACOG, recently spoke out about the need for meaningful med mal reform in New York City. Dr. Hoskins, Senior Vice President and Chair of OB/GYN at Lutheran Medical Center, testified at the Committees on Health and Women’s Issues of the New York City Council joint oversight hearing on Professional and Financial Barriers Facing Women’s Health Care Providers on January 31.

The committees are considering Proposed Res No. 84-A, calling upon the New York State Department of Financial Services and the New York State Department of Health to address the high cost of malpractice insurance for general practitioners, obstetricians, gynecologists and radiologists. Click Here to see the proposed resolution.

Dr. Hoskins spoke about the need for medical liability reform in New York. She stated in her testimony, that the raising medical liability premiums are causing many of her colleagues to make drastic changes to their practices, including decreasing the number of high-risk obstetrics patients they see, increasing the number of C-sections they perform, or giving up obstetrics all together. This has a direct result on access to maternity care for New York City women.

Hon. Douglas E. McKeon, Administrative Judge for Civil Matters 12th Judicial District spoke about programs that have been implemented to enhance patient safety. Click here to read Judge McKeon’s testimony.

Others that testified in support of medical liability reform included the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA) the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) and Columbia University Medical Center.

Center for Justice Democracy, Citizen Action, New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) and New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTRA) spoke against the resolution and stated that there was no medical liability crisis for physicians in New York State.