Many times when people think about health care providers, they are referring to doctors, nurses, physicians assistants, and therapists such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, and the like. Direct caregivers are usually easier to identify than those health care providers who work behind the scenes (that is, without direct patient contact).
It is important to realize that local, regional, and national discussions regarding medical malpractice, medical malpractice claims, and tort reform are almost exclusively instigated and promoted by doctors – when was the last time you heard a nurse, physician’s assistant, physical therapist, occupational therapist, respiratory therapist, or similar health care provider engage in the medical malpractice tort reform debate? For that matter, have you ever heard a victim of medical malpractice promote medical malpractice tort reform?
The following statistics regarding health care employment in the U.S. are based on the occupational classifications established by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and include medical and health services managers, health care practitioners and technical occupations, and health care support occupations.
As of 2009, there were 11,414,440 people in the United States employed in health care. The state with the largest number employed in health care was California (1,040,830), followed by Texas (833,970), and New York (803,670). The state with the smallest number employed in health care was Wyoming (19,770), followed by Alaska (22,370) and Vermont (24,340).
About 8.7% of the total population of employed persons in the U.S. were employed in health care. Those employed in California’s health care represented 7.2% of the total employed in California. In Wyoming, the percentage was 7.0%. The range was from 11.0% (Rhode Island) to 5.8% (Washington, D.C.). The three highest percentage states were Rhode Island, Maine (10.6%), and West Virginia (10.6%). The two with the lowest percentages were Washington, D.C. and Nevada (5.9%).
With so many people employed in health care throughout the United States and so few medical malpractice claims made against health care providers in the United States each year, how/why are medical malpractice claims subject to “tort reform” that limits the amount of damages that a severely and permanently injured (or killed) victim of medical malpractice can receive in compensation for such losses?
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