Dollar-for-dollar, Minnesota has some of the lowest premiums for medical malpractice insurance in the country. Physicians and surgeons in the Land of 10,000 Lakes benefit from low premiums in spite of the lack of caps on damages for medical liability lawsuits. The Minnesota malpractice insurance market has long been dominated by Midwest Medical Insurance Company (MMIC) which currently controls more than 62% of the approximate $89 million dollars of available premium. In an effort to bring much needed competition and product choice to Minnesota's physicians and surgeons several physician insurers have recently entered the market. Healthcare providers are largely unaware of the increased competition and new options though--there are more than eight physician insurers competing heavily for new business while offering policy features that are most needed by physicians.

Some of the policy features one can expect on their Minnesota medical malpractice insurance policy are:

  • Defense costs outside of the limits
  • Full consent to settle
  • Regulatory proceeding insurance
  • Cyber liability insurance
  • Business entity coverage
  • Licensing action defense

Minnesota Tort Reform Summary

While there is no cap on any damages in medical liability lawsuits filed in Minnesota the state's legislature has passed several other protections to help ward off frivolous claims made against physicians and surgeons. The standing liability reforms are as follows:

  • Although not required, a system of voluntary, non-binding Alternative Dispute Resolution processes has been established
  • Expert Witness Testimony is required especially with regard to breaches of the standard of care
  • An affidavit or Certificate of Merit is required to be filed within 180 days of filing a claim against a physician or surgeon

Statutes of Limitations:

  • Within four years of the date of incident
  • Within one year in cases of wrongful death
  • For cases involving an infant, the plaintiff has until they reach the "age of maturity" to file a claim

Major Minnesota Malpractice Insurance Companies

  • MMIC
  • ProAssurance
  • Coverys
  • Medical Protective
  • The Doctors Company
  • Medicus Insurance Company
  • Applied Medico-Legal Solutions, RRG
  • Oceanus Insurance Company, RRG

Rate Range by Specialty

This chart compares the range of possible state filed medical malpractice premium rates by admitted markets and a few Gallagher Select markets broken out by the top 15 specialties in Minnesota.

Minnesota Medical Malpractice Rate Range Chart

USA Ranking Map

The map below provides a visual display of the nation and compares what a typical primary care physician might pay compared to each individual state and county. This research is based on the average rate for a single specialty, the most common limits in that state, and the mature claims made premium. The darker the blue, the higher the average premium, see how Minnesota compares to other states.

Malpractice Rate Heat Map - United States