Florida consumers are paying nearly $1 billion a year for personal injury protection insurance, a $10,000 policy set up in the 1970s to keep minor medical claims out of court, reports the News Service of Florida. The system is increasingly wrought with fraud and other cost drivers including higher medical costs, an expansion of services and increased litigation over who gets paid, the state’s consumer advocate told the governor and Cabinet Tuesday. Robin Westcott, Florida’s insurance consumer advocate, told the panel that unless changes can be made soon, consumers might be better off if the state did away with the no-fault system that may cause rates to rise and additional 10 to 25 percent over the next couple of years
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