Although Arizona does not require medical practitioners to carry malpractice insurance or E&O insurance, many of its hospitals do. San Marcos Insurance Group wants you to protect your Chandler, AZ medical practice with the types of insurance policy those in the medical field need.
While the state does not require doctors, nurses, or other medical practitioners to carry commercial insurance, you should do so to protect your business’ financial health. Most hospitals require each medical practitioner to purchase a malpractice policy, one of the types of commercial insurance that applies to medical personnel.
This type of policy pays the settlement costs and legal and court costs if you, the medical practitioner, act with negligence in the course of delivering your expected level of care. While the hospitals also carry insurance, they require each individual practitioner to also provide their own policy.
A physician who builds medical devices, whether of a prosthetic nature or equipment to treat a medical issue requires E&O insurance. The E stands for errors and O stands for omissions. This type of insurance applies to situations where the device fails and harms the patient and/or fails to function as intended. The patient can sue for damages, and the E&O policy pays the settlement, legal, and court costs. Many medical practitioners do not require this policy, but those who design prosthetics do, as well as those who develop medical equipment, implant technology, etc. Hospitals typically require this policy if a doctor or nurse, or technician works on developing any type of medical equipment.
These two specialized liability policies provide protection for the practitioner and the hospital. Contact San Marcos Insurance Group of Chandler, AZ to learn more about insurance policies best suited to medical practice.