One phase of the Law Department's study of medical professional liability has involved the distribution of a questionnaire to 12 national medical societies. Although they cooperate with, they are not constituent or component societies of, the A. M. A. The questionnaire was designed to ascertain whether these societies have recommended a certain type of professional liability insurance coverage to their membership or have ever considered doing so. Six of them replied that they are recommending or have endorsed such insurance. Three others stated that they considered making such insurance available to their membership but have not done so for various reasons, including inability to work out a practicable program, no desire by the membership for such insurance, and the fear of jeopardizing the society's tax status.
The information received from the 12 national societies concerning their medical professional liability insurance programs is shown in the table.
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