Georgia patients at risk when doctors lack malpractice insurance

Some Georgians are putting their faith in doctors who don’t have malpractice insurance, and if something goes horribly wrong – as it too often can – patients can be left with no recourse.

Three years ago, Georgia lawmakers wanted the public to know which doctors are insured and which are not. But, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found, the state medical board has been unable to make the information readily available to the public.

Now, the AJC has obtained the data. The newspaper found that more than 2,500 doctors in the state are uninsured. Some have histories that might give patients pause.

In a statement Friday, the Medical Association of Georgia said it encourages doctors to have malpractice insurance. The physicians’ group also noted that hospitals and health insurers in Georgia require doctors be insured.

Subscribers can read more Sunday in the AJC and check out which doctors are insured at