SOURCE: The Doctors Company

February 27, 2008 11:00 ET

The Doctors Company Rewards Members With 2008 Dividend

NAPA, CA--(Marketwire - February 27, 2008) - The Doctors Company, the nation's leading physician-owned medical malpractice carrier, is pleased to announce a premium dividend to reward member physicians for their loyalty and dedication to advancing the practice of good medicine.

The 2008 dividend credit will provide an average premium reduction of 7.5 percent to members in California, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming. Colorado members will receive a 5 percent premium reduction.

"Our mission is to relentlessly defend, protect, and reward doctors who advance the practice of good medicine," said Richard E. Anderson, MD, FACP, chairman and CEO. "The Doctors Company has authorized a total of $44 million in member dividends in the past two years, tangible evidence of our commitment to rewarding members by ensuring they share in the benefits of the company's financial strength."

Members of the national specialty societies that endorse The Doctors Company will also receive a dividend in addition to their extensive program benefits. Physician members of the following societies continue to be eligible for the dividend benefit as well as the program discount associated with their society memberships: American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, American College of Physicians, American College of Surgeons, and American Society of Plastic Surgeons®. These prestigious medical organizations, representing 250,000 physicians nationwide, have chosen The Doctors Company as their endorsed or sponsored carrier.

The multiyear dividend is in addition to other industry-leading member benefits, including the Tribute® Plan that honors physicians with a significant financial reward for providing outstanding patient care. The Doctors Company also offers comprehensive patient safety programs and a wide array of tools, support, and services to make practicing medicine easier and more rewarding for members.

Dividend distributions will appear as credits against current premiums effective with renewals beginning July 1.

About The Doctors Company

Founded by doctors for doctors in 1976 to advance, protect, and reward the practice of good medicine, The Doctors Company (www.thedoctors.com) is the nation's leading physician-owned medical malpractice insurer. With $2.2 billion in assets, 34,000 physician members, an A- rating by A.M. Best, and an A rating by Fitch Ratings, The Doctors Company enjoys a reputation as the industry vanguard.

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