As a physician, nothing is more important to you than your reputation and the quality of your services. You have also studied, trained and practiced for years to make sure you are providing the safest, most efficient and least stressful care to each and every patient.
Still, regardless of how hard you try, you cannot eliminate the risk that a mistake might be made, and that you might do more harm than good. At this time, a patient who sustained harm on your watch could even sue you as a result. However, if you have medical malpractice insurance, you will be able to address this problem in ways that satisfy a dissatisfied patient and still protect your reputation.
Here’s why this coverage is so critical to your ability to practice.
1. You Are Likely Required To Have Coverage
Malpractice insurance is required of nearly every licensed physician in the United States. In order to maintain your privileges, you will usually have to obtain this coverage and file it with the appropriate medical board in your state. Sometimes, hospitals and other practices offer basic malpractice insurance as a foundational coverage. Often, however, it is required (and definitely a good idea) for the individual practitioner to carry their own coverage.
2. Coverage Is Critical For Patient Security
Every physician strives to provide the highest level of care to their patients. However, at times mistakes might be made that exacerbate a patient’s current condition, cause them to face new health challenges, or even lead to their death. Of course, these mistakes might be unintentional, but the harm that they cause the patient will be very real. As a result, malpractice insurance will ensure that the physician doesn’t suffer undue financial ramifications simply because they must compensate a patient for the losses that they have caused them.
3. Malpractice Insurance Makes You A Responsive Practitioner
By having malpractice insurance, you essentially provide the evidence that patients and your local medical board will need to know that you are a trustworthy physician. Those who do not have coverage generally will face penalties, an inability to practice medicine legally and an inability to be fully responsible to clients in need. Furthermore, it will establish the fact that you care about your patients and will strive to assist them in ways that recognize any harm they might have suffered.
All in all, with the help of your malpractice insurance, you will create a more stable reputation for yourself.
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