Crain’s Health Pulse: NY regains status as No. 1 for medical malpractice payouts

Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York executive director Tom Stebbins talked with a reporter for Health Pulse at Crain’s New York Business about New York’s “dubious honor” as the number one state when it comes to total and per capita medical liability payouts:

In 2017, New York once again achieved the dubious honor of having the nation’s highest medical malpractice payouts per capita, according to the latest annual report from medical malpractice insurer Diederich Healthcare. New York ranked first in each of the last five years, except for 2016, when it was bumped down a spot by New Hampshire.

Some say the ranking should spur the state to finally pass legislative reforms to bring medical malpractice costs down.

“If you look at California, a similarly blue state that has enacted reforms, they are typically on the lower end of the list,” said Tom Stebbins, executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, a nonprofit that lobbies to rein in the number and severity of lawsuits in New York for the benefit of businesses, health care providers and other members.

While New York’s medical malpractice payouts amounted to $618 million, or $31.13 per capita, in 2017, California’s totaled just $260.7 million, or about $6.59 per capita.

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