Many healthcare providers today are realizing that the small group of doctors in 1899 was right—occurrence coverage provides confidence, flexibility and value.
1 Confidence Will your professional liability policy provide sufficient limits to protect you, your family and your estate during retirement and thereafter?
Occurrence coverage provides a separate set of limits for each year you buy the policy, with respect to alleged errors occurring during the policy period, regardless of when a claim is made against you. Occurrence coverage doesn't end when the policy terminates; instead, the limits under the policy remain available to pay future claims based upon incidents that occurred during that policy period. Contrast this with claims-made coverage which only provides limits for claims made during the current policy year, so only the current set of limits is available to pay claims arising from all your previous years of practice. This important difference becomes more relevant as you near retirement.
Over the course of a 25 year career, a radiologist will read approximately 400,000 films — presenting 400,000 opportunities for a patient to allege healthcare liability. Under a claims-made tail endorsement with a standard $1M/$3M limit, there is only $1M available to pay any single claim, and only $3M total to pay all claims arising during the life of the tail coverage. This means that with claims-made coverage, the radiologist will have only one set of limits ($1M/$3M) to pay all potential professional liability lawsuits over an entire 25 year career. In contrast, if the same doctor had purchased occurrence coverage each year for the same 25 year period, he or she would have potentially 25 times the coverage. Greater limits. That’s real confidence.
2 Flexibility Given today’s changing healthcare landscape, can you predict what liability coverage needs you will have in the future? With occurrence coverage, you need not worry about securing tail coverage for any change in your life or practice.
Occurrence coverage removes all barriers so you can practice how you choose, where you choose and for how long you choose.
3 Value Given these significant benefits, would you guess occurrence coverage is more expensive than claims-made?
Remainder of State, KY Internal Medicine (No Surgery) $1/3M