How do medical malpractice claims in New England stack up against other areas of the US? According the Henry Kaiser Family Foundation's statehealthfacts.org web site, New England state rank in the bottom half when ordered by total number of paid claims per 1,000 active physicians.* Here's how they stack up:
Rank / State / Total Claims Paid / Claims per 1,000 Physicians*
26 / Rhode Island / 47 / 10.5
28 / Connecticut / 151 / 10.2
37 / New Hampshire / 35 / 8.4
38 / Massachusetts / 261 / 8.0
44 / Maine / 32 / 6.7
44 / Vermont / 18 / 6.7
What state ranked highest? Louisiana had 26.8 claims per 1,000 physicians, while New York had the highest total number of claims paid per state with 1,702. Massachusetts was 11th in total number of claims pad per state.
* Number of Paid Claims Per 1,000 Active, Non-Federal Physicians
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