Impact of Malpractice Reforms on the Supply of Physician Services

  • June 01, 2005
  • By Daniel P. Kessler, Ph.D, J.D., William M. Sage, M.D, David Becker, and BA
The crisis enveloping the United States' medical malpractice system may leave some Americans without the care they need because it hampers their access to physicians, according to this report published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

The study, based on national data from the American Medical Association's Physician Masterfile, shows that states failing to adopt malpractice reforms recorded a smaller increase in the number of physicians from 1985 to 2001 than states with reforms. Further research is needed to determine whether reform-induced increases in physician supply benefited patients.

The Project on Medical Liability in Pennsylvania — an independent, nonpartisan effort financed by The Pew Charitable Trusts — supported the study.

View the report abstract on of Malpractice Reforms on the Supply of Physician Services.

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