Show-Me Tort Reform

Medical Malpractice Reform: The Key to Healthy Missouri Families and Access to Care

The Medical Malpractice Crisis in Missouri

Sign Up Today for the 2015 White Coat Rally at the Missouri Capitol!

 

Date: February 24, 2015

Where: Missouri State Capitol, Jefferson City, Missouri



Missouri is facing a healthcare crisis that could result in fewer doctors, higher costs, less access, and an unfair environment for patients and their families if the legislature does not pass medical malpractice reform. On July 31, 2012, the Missouri Supreme Court overturned the state’s limit on non-economic damages in medical negligence cases by ruling the cap violated the right to trial by jury, overturning more than 20 years of precedent. If the Missouri House of Representatives and State Senate do not pass legislation this year, more money will be diverted away from patient care and into the hands of personal injury attorneys.

What Happened Between 2002-2005 When Missouri Had Ineffective Caps on Non-Economic Damages?

- The number of companies writing policies in Missouri dropped from 32 to 8.

-  In 2002, 27% of physicians limited their scope to avoid high-risk patients and procedures.

- In 2004, 49% of physicians admitted the insurance costs caused them to cut staff positions and 28% were compelled to forego updating or acquiring new technology.

- Among neurosurgeons, 53% refused to accept Medicaid patients, 23% refused to accept Medicare patients, and 66% reduced the services they could otherwise provide to their communities.

- By 2004, 1 in 10 Ob/Gyns quit practicing obstetrics due to insurance costs.

What Happened Between 2005 and 2012 When Caps were in Place?

- Missouri gained approximately 1,000 physicians.

- There has been a $44 million decrease in written liability insurance premiums.

- The number of claims filed has fallen 46.9%

- The average indemnity on paid claims fell 20%

 

Legislation

Please see below for the PDF versions of the primary bills of interest for tort reform this year:

Senate Bill 589, sponsored by Senator Dan Brown (R-Rolla)

House Bill 1173, sponsored by Representative Eric Burlison (R-Springfield)

Tort Reform Coalition

Missouri State Medical Association

Missouri Hospital Association

Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Missouri Association of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons

Missouri Health Care Association

Missouri Pharmacy Association

Missouri Insurance Coalition

Washington University School of Medicine

Missouri Radiological Society

Leading Age Missouri

Missouri Association of Rural Health Clinics

Missouri Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons

Missouri Society of Anesthesiologists

Missouri Optometric Association

Missouri Society of Pathologists

Missouri Sleep Society

Missouri Dermatological Association

Missouri Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Missouri State Neurological Association

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Missouri Section

Missouri Academy of Family Physicians

Missouri Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

Missouri Society of Interventional Pain Physicians

Missouri Psychiatric Association

Missouri College of Emergency Physicians

Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

BJC Healthcare

National Federation of Independent Business

St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition

The Keane Insurance Group

Missouri State Orthopaedic Association

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