Impact of Malpractice Reforms on the Supply of Physician Services
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.
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