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Recent Reforms Enacted (since 2003) The presiding justice of the State Superior Court implemented an administrative order requireintg all medical liability cases in Providence County to first proceed through a mediation process. A separate order requires plaintiffs, within one year of filing suit, to disclose who their supporting experts are and to commit to a timeframe for deposition and discovery. (2005)
Emergency Care Provision None
Reform Elements In Law Collateral Source
Expert Witness
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 Information not available.
Change in Physician Availability Information not available.
Change in Cases Filed/Awards 71 paid claims in 2003 or 18.3 per 1000 active nonfederal physicians. US avg. was 18.8 per 1000. 39 paid claims in 2005 or 10 per 1000 active nonfederal physicians. US avg. was 17.1 per 1000. (Kaiser) 47 total number of paid claims for 2006 or 10.5 per 1,000 active, non-federal physicians. 62 paid claims in 2007.
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