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Illinois Medical Malpractice – Negligence Claims Are'nt To Blame for Physician Shortage

April 4, 2011

For years, the health care industry has pushed for tort reform by arguing that medical negligence litigation drives up doctors malpractice insurance premiums, which in turn causes doctors to flee the profession or set up shop in states with strict tort reform laws.“The reality is that physician numbers have actually increased throughout the U.S. in recent years,” Salvi says. “There also appears to be no link whatsoever between physician numbers and tort reform measures, such as caps on damages for pain and suffering.”In a February 2010 report, the American Association for Justice cites the American Medical Associations own data to state that physician numbers in the U.S. rose to 954,244 in 2008, or nearly 13,000 more than the year before.The same report states that the number of physicians per 100,000 residents was 21 percent higher in states without caps on medical liability damages than in states with caps.

via Negligence Claims Arent To Blame for Physician Shortage, Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyer Says | Benzinga.com.

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