Vermont is among the states with the fewest medical malpractice claims. According to an official report dated December 15, 2005, the following conclusions regarding medical malpractice and medical malpractice claims in Vermont were made:
Vermont medical malpractice costs represent less than 1% of total Vermont health care costs (about $3.4 billion is spent on medical care costs in Vermont yearly).
“There is scant evidence to support the contention that defensive medicine is driving up health care costs.”
Vermont medical malpractice cases are very rare and not increasing in numbers (Vermont medical malpractice cases represent less than 1% of court cases filed in Vermont and the number has remained steady for 10 years; the average number of Vermont medical malpractice cases filed per year is 50).
The rise in Vermont medical malpractice insurance premiums is not due to any increase in the severity or frequency of medical malpractice claims in Vermont.
Medical malpractice insurance premiums in Vermont are the lowest in New England and are among the lowest in the U.S. (Vermont medical malpractice premiums amount to about $25 million per year).
The number of practicing Vermont physicians increased by 10% during the prior 4 years (from 1,451 to 1,591).
It is estimated that medical malpractice in Vermont causes up to 200 deaths per year and costs up to $93 million in preventable medical care costs per year.
The average annual medical malpractice insurance premium for family and general practitioners in Vermont was less than $10,000.
Vermont medical malpractice verdicts and settlements rank 48th of the 50 U.S. states and the median payment is $80,000.
98% of Vermont medical malpractice cases are resolved before trial (mandatory mediation is required in all Vermont civil cases, including medical malpractice cases).
In the prior 15 years, there were only 5 jury verdicts in favor of medical malpractice plaintiffs in Vermont.
Tort reforms such as caps on noneconomic damages would not reduce medical malpractice insurance premiums in Vermont or minimize fatal medical errors in Vermont.
It appears that the number and frequency of medical malpractice claims in Vermont are much less of a concern than in most other states in the U.S. Nonetheless, if one of your family members or one of your friends was one of the 200 deaths caused by medical malpractice in Vermont each year, it would be of little or no consolation to you that Vermont has one of the lowest medical malpractice claims rates in the United States.
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