It’s bad enough when a treatment goes so wrong a patient has to sue to get financial compensation for the physician’s malpractice, but what if the physician has no liability insurance and the judgment can’t be collected? For Georgia residents, this no longer poses a problem, because under a new law that may be the first of its kind in the U.S., physicians must disclose whether or not they are covered by medical liability insurance.
According to the law, which was signed by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal last month, physicians are required to inform the Georgia Composite Medical Board if they are insured. The board will make the information available on its website as part of a physician's public profile. In addition, doctors also must disclose whether they are covered by insurance when asked by patients. If the physician declines to inform his patients, the result could be disciplinary action by the board.
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