Ten years ago, Mississippi was known as a "lawsuit haven." Medical literature cites the state as suffering one of the worst physician shortages in the country because of skyrocketing insurance premiums.
But state tort reforms, including a $500,000 cap on noneconomic damages, have led to reductions in claims filed by plaintiffs and premiums paid by doctors, a study shows.
The study, published in the August Obstetrics & Gynecology, compared lawsuits against doctors in all specialties before and after tort reforms were adopted in 2003. The study examined physicians covered by the Medical Assurance Company of Mississippi, the largest medical liability insurer in the state. The company insures more than 75% of Mississippi's physicians.
Read more from the American Medical Association here.