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Minnesota

Recent Reforms Enacted (since 2003) None
Emergency Care Provision None
Reform Elements In Law Joint Liability
Collateral Source
Periodic payments
Expert Witness
Affidavit of Merit
Constitutional Status of Reforms Information not available.
Change in Insurance Rates AMA reports at least one insurer raised rates as much as 0 to 25% in 2004.
Insurance Availability Midwest Medical Insurance Co., the state’s largest malpractice carrier, said that because of an increase in claims and awards, it limited emergency physician coverage to doctors who practice at 30 Minnesota hospitals that the company also insures.
Change in Physician Availability Emergency physicians at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis testified at a legislative committee that they came within three days of disbanding their group practice because they had trouble obtaining coverage, even though they had not filed a claim in years.
Change in Cases Filed/Awards 94 paid claims in 2003 or 6.6 per 1000 active nonfederal physicians.  US avg. was 18.8 per 1000.  73 paid claims in 2005 or 5.1 per 1000 active nonfederal physicians.  US avg. was 17.1 per 1000. (Kaiser) 63 total number of paid claims for 2006 or 3.7 per 1,000 active, non-federal physicians. 83 paid claims in 2007.
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