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Study finds average medical malpractice payments could rise 20 percent under California’s Prop. 46
Imperial Valley News

California’s hotly debated Proposition 46 includes a provision that raises the state’s cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases from $250,000 to $1.1 million. A new study, released this week by Health Affairs, found that a $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages for medical malpractice reduced average payments by 20 percent.

The study looked at the impact of medical malpractice reforms on the average size of malpractice payments nationally in several physician specialties over 25 years, and compared how the effects differed according to the size of the cap.