Hospitals — Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost to participate?

Participating hospitals pay $52 per live birth in the preceding year, up to a maximum of $200,000. Please remember that by law the hospital is entitled to a malpractice insurance credit from the insurance carrier.

Can the fee be pro-rated?

Yes. Please contact the Program for details.

Must both the hospital and delivering physician be participants for a child to be covered?

Either the delivering physician or hospital must participate for the child to be eligible. However, in the case of a qualifying birth, the nonparticipating party is not immune from a tort remedy like the participant.

When does coverage become effective?

Coverage becomes effective 30 days following the Program’s receipt of a signed contract and payment.

Must all hospitals inform obstetrical patients whether or not they participate in the Birth-Injury Program?

According to state law effective July 1, 2003, all physicians and hospitals must inform their obstetrical patients whether or not they participate and provide a Program brochure.