U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

The .gov means it's official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you're on a federal government site.


The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Skip to Content

Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General -- AUDIT

"Cost to the Government for Providing Medical Malpractice Coverage to Community and Migrant Health Centers," (A-04-95-05018)

March 25, 1996

Complete Text of Report is available in PDF format (878 kb). Copies can also be obtained by contacting the Office of Public Affairs at 202-619-1343.


Currently, the Federal Government provides unlimited medical malpractice liability insurance coverage to Community and Migrant Health Centers (C/MHC). We analyzed the cost for providing this unlimited coverage for a 3-year period and estimate that significant savings would result (about $30.6 million over 3 years) if the Federal Government established a $1 million per claim limit on such coverage. We recommended that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) consider seeking a legislative change to limit malpractice settlements or judgements involving C/MHCs to $1 million. The HRSA concurred with our recommendation and agreed to develop a legislative proposal to the Federal Tort Claims Act to include this limitation.