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January 1993

The Guide to Medical Professional Liability Insurance

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Fort Walton Beach, Fla


by the Office of the General Counsel, Division of Professional Liability and Insurance, American Medical Association, 146 pp, $24 (American Medical Association members), $29 (nonmembers), order OP 631291, Chicago, Ill, American Medical Association, 1991

Arch Dermatol. 1993;129(1):120. doi:10.1001/archderm.1993.01680220136034

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The "business" of medicine is becoming more complex each year. Business decisions are often made in the course of medical practice that affect that practice in many ways, decisions for which medical school did not prepare us. One such major decision is the purchasing of medical liability insurance.

Fortunately, the American Medical Association has come to the rescue with this book. Here are the answers to the various questions that arise in the course of making that decision; in addition, it offers questions that must be asked of the individual carriers so one may make knowledgeable comparisons among policies. The book discusses the basic types of policies (occurrence vs claims-made), how to evaluate the various types of insurance companies as well as individual carriers, and what to do in the unfortunate situation of an actual suit. In addition, a section is devoted to the employed physician whose policy may be

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