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Governor Rendell Says Medical Malpractice Insurance Continues to Show Signs of Significant Improvement
Date:4/23/2009

a very good indicator of the number of physicians practicing in Pennsylvania.

"I am very encouraged by these signs of improvement and am committed to making sure they continue so that the number of physicians practicing in Pennsylvania not only remains constant as it has in past few years, but that it will grow.

"That's why as part of my budget proposal to expand the number of uninsured adults receiving insurance through our adultBasic program, I also proposed phasing-out the Mcare program as the physicians have long wanted and using approximately $1 billion in public funds to pay the unfunded liability so that cost does not fall on the shoulders of our physicians."

Health care providers in Pennsylvania are required to carry $1 million worth of medical malpractice insurance -- the first $500,000 from a commercial insurance company and the second $500,000 from Mcare. Hospitals must carry more coverage.

The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit his Web site at: www.governor.state.pa.us.

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