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Doctors Driven to Bankruptcy

This reads as an unlikely headline, but recently a number of doctors have been struggling to keep their medical practices financially sound. According to the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Health Care Committee, Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings by physician practices have recently spiked. In recent weeks, there were at least eight filings, which is unusual for the industry.

In many cases it is not major medical malpractice lawsuits leading doctors to file bankruptcy, it is the struggling economy that has been blamed for this growing trend. Patients are cutting back on doctor visits and elective procedures due to their own financial hardships. Doctors attribute their financial struggles to shrinking insurance reimbursements, changing regulations and the rising cots of malpractice insurance, drugs and other business necessities.

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