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Obamacare will boost malpractice claims, RAND study says
Modern Healthcare

The healthcare reform law will reduce liability payouts by insurers for auto and workers’ compensation claims by nearly $1.7 billion annually while increasing medical malpractice claims by $120 million a year, according to a new study released by the RAND Institute for Civil Justice.

The RAND researchers looked at the anticipated impact on insurance claims under the ACA in 2016, when the law is expected to be fully implemented. While the law’s most obvious impact will be on health insurance policies, researchers found that it will also have minor but financially significant effects on claims paid by other common types of insurance policies.