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State-by-state chart of medical malpractice payments

The following chart looks at the aggregate amount of medical malpractice payments (the total amount of dollars paid out by insurers to cover medical malpractice jury award losses) in each state and Washington, D.C., for 2000. The median amount is the 50th percentile of all the medical malpractice payments made by individual physicians practicing in these states in 2000.

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Medical malpractice payments for individual physicians, 2000

State

Median

Total (rank)

Alabama $200,000 $34,839,809 (24)
Alaska $100,000 $3,244,459 (51)
Arizona $150,000 $68,920,361 (15)
Arkansas $91,880 $15,220,747 (42)
California $55,000 $200,832,512 (7)
Colorado $84,997 $34,590,151 (25)
Connecticut $200,000 $72,233,556 (13)
Delaware $150,000 $9,324,166 (45)
Florida* $175,000 $321,079,744 (3)
Georgia $166,667 $92,601,367 (11)
Hawaii $120,000 $10,101,623 (44)
Idaho $100,000 $8,553,166 (47)
Illinois $250,000 $271,050,075 (4)
Indiana* $75,001 $59,935,317 (17)
Iowa $100,000 $27,218,617 (30)
Kansas $175,000 $28,867,799 (28)
Kentucky $75,000 $32,651,014 (26)
Louisiana $99,999 $51,362,457 (18)
Maine $262,482 $18,947,319 (37)
Maryland $150,000 $70,318,417 (14)
Massachusetts $250,000 $120,874,822 (9)
Michigan 85,000 $79,040,011 (12)
Minnesota $100,000 $19,099,414 (36)
Mississippi $127,750 $24,560,080 (32)
Missouri $130,000 $48,927,635 (20)
Montana $125,000 $15,805,913 (40)
Nebraska* $116,250 $14,137,915 (43)
Nevada $175,000 $37,090,955 (22)
New Hampshire $111,000 $16,972,268 (39)
New Jersey $175,000 $191,540,088 (8)
New Mexico* $100,000 $20,602,974 (34)
New York $150,000 $632,996,221 (1)
North Carolina $132,500 $68,044,766 (16)
North Dakota $143,750 $4,719,024 (49)
Ohio $115,000 $205,148,823 (6)
Oklahoma $121,000 $28,664,501 (29)
Oregon $141,500 $22,962,782 (33)
Pennsylvania $192,755 $352,309,905 (2)
Rhode Island $100,000 $17,826,074 (38)
South Carolina* $100,000 $29,083,405 (27)
South Dakota $100,000 $5,416,283 (48)
Tennessee $100,000 $35,219,509 (23)
Texas $110,000 $217,518,136 (5)
Utah $90,000 $25,442,649 (31)
Vermont $75,000 $3,318,284 (50)
Virginia $150,000 $45,457,891 (21)
Washington $90,000 $50,356,170 (19)
Washington, D.C. $197,500 $98,753,106 (10)
West Virginia $100,000 $19,370,928 (35)
Wisconsin* $162,857 $9,309,938 (46)
Wyoming $100,000 $15,650,157 (41)

*Mean payments are understated for states with patient compensation funds. The insurer and patient compensation fund payments are treated as separate payments and are not aggregated. For example, a $200,000 primary and a $800,000 CAT Fund payment for the same incident would be counted as two separate payments and not aggregated as a single million-dollar payment.

Source: Pennsylvania Medical Society

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