https://medpli.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/washington-state.jpg 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 TOTAL PAYOUT The total medical malpractice payout in Washington for 2019 was $49,494,500. TOTAL PAYOUT VS. OUTCOME W3Zpc3VhbGl6ZXIgaWQ9IjIxNjciXQ TYPE OF INJURY W3Zpc3VhbGl6ZXIgaWQ9IjIxNzEiXQ PATIENT AGE W3Zpc3VhbGl6ZXIgaWQ9IjIxNzUiXQ PAYOUTS BY PATIENT TYPE W3Zpc3VhbGl6ZXIgaWQ9IjIxNzkiXQ PAYOUTS BY PATIENT GENDER W3Zpc3VhbGl6ZXIgaWQ9IjIxODMiXQ WASHINGTON MEDICAL MALPRACTICE INSURANCE RATES BY SPECIALTY Specialty Approximate Rate Minimum Rate Maximum Rate Anesthesiology $13,000 $7,000 $17,000 Cardiovascular Disease Minor Surgery $15,000 $11,000 $21,000 Emergency Medicine $24,000 $19,000 $32,000 Family Practice No Surgery $10,000 $5,000 $15,000 Gastroenterology No Surgery $12,000 $9,000 $15,000 General Surgery $36,000 $19,000 $60,000 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 Occupational Medicine $7,000 $5,000 $8,000 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 Psychiatry $8,000 $5,000 $12,000 Radiology - Diagnostic $15,000 $10,000 $25,000 *State filed rates from 2016 Whether you’re a dermatologist in Seattle, a surgeon in Tacoma, or an oncologist in Olympia, MEDPLI can help you find medical malpractice insurance. Request a quote today to get the process started. MEDPLI offers many insurance products and services for the healthcare industry, including tail insurance, group coverage, and private practice malpractice coverage. Contact us to find out how we can help.