Washington: Medical Malpractice Insurance Requirements for 2020
The state of Washington does not require that doctors and physicians carry medical malpractice insurance. However, there is no cap on damages, and the state is legally required to collect information from doctors about medical malpractice insurance claims.
As it is with most hospitals and healthcare centers, many hospitals in Washington require that doctors have malpractice coverage in order to treat patients. Liability limits of $1 million per occurrence or claim and $3 million per annual aggregate are the standard policy amounts. High-risk specialties like Obstetrics/Gynecology or surgery tend to want policies with higher liability limits.
Washington: Medical Malpractice Insurance Outcomes for 2019
The total medical malpractice payout in Washington for 2019 was $49,494,500.
TOTAL PAYOUT VS. OUTCOME
TYPE OF INJURY
PAYOUTS BY PATIENT TYPE
PAYOUTS BY PATIENT GENDER
WASHINGTON MEDICAL MALPRACTICE INSURANCE RATES BY SPECIALTY
|Specialty||Approximate Rate||Minimum Rate||Maximum Rate|
|Cardiovascular Disease Minor Surgery||$15,000||$11,000||$21,000|
|Family Practice No Surgery||$10,000||$5,000||$15,000|
|Gastroenterology No Surgery||$12,000||$9,000||$15,000|
|Internal Medicine No Surgery||$11,000||$7,000||$15,000|
|Neurology No Surgery||$15,000||$9,000||$24,000|
|Obstetrics and Gynecology Major Surgery||$50,000||$30,000||$72,000|
|Ophthalmology No Surgery||$7,000||$5,000||$12,000|
|Orthopedic Surgery No Spine||$32,000||$17,000||$41,000|
|Pediatrics No Surgery||$10,000||$7,000||$15,000|
|Radiology – Diagnostic||$15,000||$10,000||$25,000|
*State filed rates from 2016
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