Medical Malpractice Law

What Is The Patient Compensation Fund?

The Indiana Medical Malpractice Act establishes a Patient Compensation Fund that functions as a system of excess insurance for health care providers. A qualified provider establishes financial responsibility by purchasing malpractice liability insurance. Effective July 1, 1999, required limits for physicians and hospitals are $250,000 per occurrence. The maximum liability of a qualified provider for an occurrence is limited to the amount of required insurance. The Patient Compensation Fund is liable for the excess over what is owed by all the qualified providers, up to an overall damage cap.