Studies and Reports


The broken medical liability system remains one of the most vexing issues for physicians today. It places a wedge between physicians and their patients.

The Facts You Need to Know to Address the Broken Medical Liability System

The medical liability issue is a very personal matter for physicians. A 2007–2008 AMA survey found that 61 percent of physicians age 55 and older had been sued at some point during their careers. Nearly 40 percent had been sued two or more times. Among surgeons age 55 and older, nine out of 10 had been sued. Even more remarkable, 51 percent of obstetricians/gynecologists under age 40 had been sued.



American Medical Association
This comprehensive reports contains background information on the problems with the current medical liability system and proven solutions to help fix it. Also included is a discussion of other innovative reforms that might complement traditional reform provisions.

 PDF – Published: February, 2016

The Heritage Foundation
Government policy mistakes significantly raise the prices of consumer goods. The 12 costly policy mistakes discussed in this paper add $4,440 a year to the annual expenses of the average American family. Most policy mistakes raise costs by limiting supply. Policymakers can lower the cost of living by removing unnecessary regulations and licensure requirements, streamlining bureaucracy, and ending protections that have been granted to favored industries.

 PDF – Published: November, 2015

Andrea M. Carpentieri, MA; James J. Lumalcuri, MSW; Jennie Shaw, MPH; and Gerald F. Joseph Jr, MD
The 2015 Survey on Professional Liability is the twelfth survey conducted since 1983 to assess the effects of professional liability litigation and related liability insurance issues on the practice of obstetrics and gynecology. The entire population of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Fellows and Junior Fellows in practice in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico were surveyed.

 PDF – Published: November, 2015

British Medical Journal
Critics of the US malpractice system often note that it promotes defensive medicine—defined as medical care provided to patients solely to reduce the threat of malpractice liability rather than to further diagnosis or treatment. Physicians report defensive medicine as a major contributor to healthcare costs, and commonly argue that they must practice defensively to reduce malpractice liability.

 PDF – Published: October, 2015

American College of Emergency Physicians
For millions of Americans who experience sudden, serious illness or injury every year—and in the increasing scores of communities that must respond to disasters and mass casualty events —immediate access to quality emergency care is essential to saving life and limb. But the availability of that care is threatened by a wide range of factors, including shrinking capacity and an ever-increasing demand for services.

 PDF – Published: February, 2014