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Recent Reforms Enacted (since 2003)  None
Emergency Care Provision  None
Reform Elements In Law  $250K Cap
Joint Liability
Attorney Fee
Limit Periodic Payment
Collateral Source
Expert Witness
Constitutional Status of Reforms  5th District Court of Appeals to hear Stinnett v. Tam, challenge to damage cap.
Change in Insurance Rates  AMA reports at least one insurer raised rates as much as 0 to 25% in 2004.
Insurance Availability  Information not available.
Change in Physician Availability  Information not available.
Change in Cases Filed/Awards  1315 paid claims in 2003 or 14.1 per 1000 active nonfederal physicians.  US avg. was 18.8 per 1000.  1120 paid claims in 2005 or 11.9 per 1000 active nonfederal physicians.  US avg. was 17.1 per 1000. (Kaiser) 985 total number of paid claims for 2006 of which 8.9 paid claims per 1,000 were active, non-federal physicians. 924 paid claims in 2007.
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