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Inflated Medical Bills and Bogus Claims Drive Up Cost of No-Fault Auto Insurance in New York, I.I.I. Finds
Date:2/3/2010

="xn-money">$50,000 cap, and the absence in New York of safeguards such as medical treatment guidelines or utilization reviews and controls, Dr. Hartwig noted that the cost of the average no-fault Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claim rose 47.1 percent in New York between 2004 and 2009. Medical costs in the U.S. rose by 21.1 percent over this same time frame. PIP is the portion of an auto insurance policy that covers the treatment of injuries to the driver and passengers of the policyholder's car.  

"Solutions for containing New York's emerging crisis must necessarily focus on cost drivers and you will hear about many of these solutions from the other panelists speaking here today," Dr. Hartwig concluded. "But because the state has the highest no-fault dollar threshold in the country, it remains attractive to those who perpetrate fraud based on the perception that the insurers who pay the bills are a 'deep pocket.'"

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