Doctors are not leaving the practice because of medical malpractice lawsuits

“Tort reform” advocates like to use scare tactics, stating that medical malpractice lawsuits are causing physicians to leave the field. To the contrary, statistics from the American Medical Association show that the number of physicians is up nearly 90%, from 467,679 in 1980 to 884,974 in 2004. Additionally, the number of E.R. doctors has increased from 5,699 in 1980 to 27,864 in 2004, an increase of 388%. The number of ob-gyns has also increased at a rate of nearly 60%, from 26,305 in 1980 to 42,059 in 2004.

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