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Table 1A: Supply of Physicians in States with Caps on Malpractice Awards for Noneconomic Damages: 1970-2000

Impact of State Laws Limiting Malpractice Awards on Geographic Distribution of Physicians

States with caps in 2000Year cap law was passedDoctors per 100,000 county residents in 1970Doctors per 100,000 county residents in 2000Percent increase in supply of doctors
Alaska19866613097.0%
California197512718747.2%
Colorado19907414089.2%
Hawaii1986108239121.3%
Idaho1990709535.7%
Indianab19756110877.1%
Kansas1988669747.0%
Louisianab197555112103.6%
Maryland198698239143.9%
Massachusetts1986163331103.1%
Michigan19867112576.1%
Missouri1986518260.8%
Montana19956913189.9%
New Mexicob19766511983.1%
North Dakota199560125108.3%
South Dakota19865711093.0%
Utah19866210975.8%
Virginiab197666215225.8%
West Virginia19866812482.4%
Wisconsin198567137104.5%
Average supply of doctors in all States with caps in 20006913595.7%

aStates that overturned their caps are not listed here (go to Table 1B for over-turned caps).
bCap on total damages.

Sources: National Conference of State Legislatures,10, 33 American Tort Reform Association, 34 McCullough, Campbell and Lane, 35 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 22 and the 2002 Area Resource File of the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Current as of July 2003
Internet Citation: Table 1A: Supply of Physicians in States with Caps on Malpractice Awards for Noneconomic Damages: 1970-2000: Impact of State Laws Limiting Malpractice Awards on Geographic Distribution of Physicians. July 2003. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/tortcaps/torttab1a.html