Indiana's comprehensive malpractice reforms, inaugurated in 1975, include a cap on damages, a mandated medical review before trial, and a state insurance fund to pay claims equal to or greater than $100,000. We have found that the amount of compensation going to claimants with such large malpractice claims in Indiana is, on average, substantially higher than in Michigan and Ohio. Indiana's mean claim severity between 1977 and 1988 was $404,832, while the means for Michigan and Ohio were $290,022 and $303,220, respectively, with the difference between these three means being highly significant. Although data on claim and claimant characteristics reveal considerable interstate variation, the results of regression analyses show that Indiana claim payment amounts are higher than Michigan or Ohio payments, independent of the effect of factors such as sex, age, severity of injury, allegations of negligence, and year of settlement.
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Research Article| June 01 1991
Controlling Large Malpractice Claims: The Unexpected Impact of Damage Caps
William P. Gronfein;
Eleanor DeArman Kinney
J Health Polit Policy Law (1991) 16 (3): 441–464.
William P. Gronfein, Eleanor DeArman Kinney; Controlling Large Malpractice Claims: The Unexpected Impact of Damage Caps. J Health Polit Policy Law 1 June 1991; 16 (3): 441–464. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/03616878-16-3-441
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