The studies can be found here: http://centerjd.org/content/new-med-mal-studies-americans-insurance-reform
These studies come at a critical time for health care in America, with new
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"Forty years of inflation-adjusted data show that medical malpractice claims and premiums are the lowest they have been in this entire period," said Hunter. "The periodic premium spikes we saw in the data, such as in the mid-1970s, the mid-1980s and between 2002 and 2006, were not related to claims changes but to the economic cycle of insurers and to drops in investment income. The last crisis ended a full decade ago and insurance rates for doctors have been dropping like a rock ever since. This is true whether or not a state enacted severe medical malpractice tort restrictions. In fact, states that resisted adopting such harsh measures saw a greater drop in average medical malpractice insurance rates than states that passed them."
Doroshow added, "Federal medical malpractice proposals in ACA replacement bills, such as 'caps' on compensation for injured patients, are bad polices because they place incredibly cruel and unfair limits on the constitutional rights of everyday Americans. Our studies show that such measures would do nothing to lower malpractice premiums for doctors, which are already at historic lows. They will serve only to line the pockets of insurance companies, reduce the quality of our nation's healthcare, and increase the deficit as injured victims would be forced to turn to government health and disability programs for help."
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