Health insurance companies are facing a wave of lawsuits from patients who say they’ve been billed hundreds of thousands of dollars for the care they’ve received from their doctors.
The number of states where lawsuits are filed is growing as the industry seeks to avoid the fines that come with a doctor-patient relationship.
Some states, including Indiana and Mississippi, are facing lawsuits from people who say their doctors treated them with a false diagnosis and then billed them hundreds of dollars a month for medical care.
New York, however, is seeing more cases of medical malpractice lawsuits than any other state.
According to data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut filed more than 1,100 medical malappointment lawsuits between July and September of this year, compared to 1,000 in the same period last year.
There were 5,632 medical malaccusations in New York in 2017, compared with 4,923 in 2016, according to the state’s attorney general.
In some of the lawsuits, patients claim their doctors made false or misleading claims about their medical conditions.
One woman sued her primary-care doctor for allegedly claiming her health was a result of her menstrual cycle.
In another, a woman filed a lawsuit against her primary care doctor after he falsely claimed she had cancer, when she was actually a blood cancer survivor who needed blood transfusions.
A third plaintiff sued her doctor after she was told she was pregnant by her boyfriend after his family moved to New York and he refused to get tested.
The cases have created a headache for the insurance industry, which has long relied on doctors as their primary care providers.
The industry is hoping that its new lawsuit system will help to alleviate the pressure.
The Trump administration has threatened to cut off insurance coverage to doctors in some states, while states have introduced laws aimed at restricting the practice.
“It’s a matter of survival of the fittest, and I think there are a lot of people in New Yorkers, particularly young people, who are suffering,” said Mark Cernovich, the founder of the website Infowars.com, which regularly posts videos of medical missteps.
Cernovich is also suing the Trump administration for “disregard for the law.”
The medical malarket is expected to grow even more after Trump took office in January, and insurance companies have said that they’re going to keep up their lobbying efforts.
Insurance companies have spent $17.4 billion on lobbying in the last decade, according a Washington Post analysis of federal data, up from $13.4 million in the previous decade.
In a statement on Wednesday, the American Medical Association said it “fully supports the efforts of the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services to bring to an end this practice, which threatens to undermine patient health care.”