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Medical Liability Policy Research

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The AMA is committed to reforming the current medical liability system, which diminishes the quality of care for patients and impedes the relationship between patients and physicians. AMA's reports on the medical liability system highlight its adverse effects on physicians and the health care system as a whole.

Tracking Trends

This report summarizes data on medical liability insurance premiums faced by physicians from 2005 to 2014. The report features distributions of premium changes by year as well as trends in premium levels for select carriers, specialties and geographic areas.

This report summarizes trends in indemnity payments and defense expenses for medical liability insurance claims that closed between 2004 and 2013. It describes how claims are disposed and also reports indemnity payments and defense expenses by claim disposition.

Surveying Physicians

This report documents how often physicians are subject to medical liability claims, and how physicians’ experiences with medical liability and claims frequency differ according to the physicians’ specialty, age, gender and practice arrangement, based on AMA’s Physician Practice Information (PPI) survey from 2007–2008. 

Learn more about how the AMA is working at the federal and state levels to reform the medical liability system by advocating for legislative and innovative improvements.

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