To determine the states that suffer the most from medical malpractice, the Forbes Advisor team examined three key metrics, including adverse action reports, medical malpractice and medical malpractice payments from 2017 through the first half of 2023. Each metric listed below was given an individual weight to provide every state with a score scaled out of 100.
Adverse Action Reports per 100,000 Residents – 25% of score
This metric accounts for how many reports were made to take action against a physician, dentist or other healthcare practitioner.
Medical Malpractice Payment Report per 100,000 Residents – 40% of score
This metric accounts for how many medical malpractice reports resulted in a payment from the health practitioners per 100,000 residents.
Cost-of-living Medical Malpractice Payment per Capita – 35% of score
This metric shows how much money has been paid out for medical malpractice cases in each respective state per capita.