State responses to the malpractice insurance "crisis" of the 1970s: an empirical assessment.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Almost all states enacted legislation in response to the rapid rise in malpractice insurance premiums which occurred during the mid-1970s. After describing the types of statutory changes enacted, this study evaluates the influence of these changes on levels and growth of premiums paid by general practitioners, ophthalmologists, and orthopedic surgeons during 1974-78. The empirical results of the study presented here give no indication that individual state legislative actions, or actions taken collectively, had their intended effects on premiums. Several explanations for this result are explored.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sloan, FA

Published Date

  • January 1, 1985

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 629 - 646

PubMed ID

  • 3882820

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1527-1927

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0361-6878

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1215/03616878-9-4-629


  • eng