JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
It is stated in The Western Underwriter that
the attorney-general of Minnesota has received from the Physicians’
Defense Association of Minnesota a complaint against those casualty companies
that write a defense policy which includes in its benefits reimbursement for
damages, as well as for the costs of defense. This point recently has been
mentioned several times in our columns. In opposition to the more liberal
contracts, it is alleged that they in reality nullify all laws providing a
penalty for malpractice, and that they enable those so inclined to conduct
an illegal practice without fear of punishment. The question is of some importance,
and a decision in the Minnesota case will be awaited with interest.
MEDICAL DEFENSE AND MALPRACTICE INSURANCE.. JAMA. 2005;294(4):502. doi:10.1001/jama.294.4.502-a