Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Ave. Westbury, NY 11590-9007
Communications Division
Telephone: (516) 488-6100
For Immediate Release

New Report: NY Doctors Pay Higher Liability Costs than Any Other State

Statement attributed to:
Charles Rothberg, MD,
President, Medical Society of the State of New York

The Empire Center’s new report on tort liability confirms a reality that New York doctors (particularly those practicing in downstate New York) already know. New York physicians pay higher liability costs than physicians in almost every other state. For decades, reasonable proposals to bring some balance to our tort system have been systematically rejected by the New York Legislature. This year, not only were these needed reform proposals again not passed, our legislators voted to greatly lengthen the time to bring malpractice suits that are going to cause significant increases to our already exorbitant costs!

With New York potentially facing huge cuts and significant tax changes from the federal government, the need for balanced comprehensive medical liability reform is more important than ever. New York State has already received the dubious distinction of being the worst state to practice medicine, in part due to our excessive liability costs.

It is imperative that Governor Cuomo veto this liability expansion measure, and for the State Legislature to work with the Governor to enact comprehensive medical liability reform that addresses systemic deficiencies that plague doctors, hospitals, and in turn, hurt our patients.”                

Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state's principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.

Media Contact:
Roseann Raia
Medical Society of the State of New York
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