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Am J Public Health. 2008 Oct;98(10):1770-4. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.136325. Epub 2008 Aug 13.

Medical liability insurance as a barrier to the provision of abortion services in family medicine.

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Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, USA. cdehlendorf@fcm.ucsf.edu

Abstract

Family physicians who wish to provide abortions have been subject to both denial of coverage by medical liability insurers and the imposition of large premium increases. These policy decisions by insurance companies raise questions about the role of family physicians in abortion care and about the autonomy of medical specialties in defining their scope of practice. We review the issues specific to abortion services in the primary care setting and examine the broader implications for the medical profession. Finally, we review how advocacy and improved regulation of the insurance industry could help to ensure that clinicians who are trained and willing to provide services to their patients are not limited by the decisions of medical liability insurers.

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PMID:
18703433
PMCID:
PMC2636480
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2008.136325
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