The report blames state med mal caps and a $1 billion malpractice insurance fund from discouraging claims even in the face of apparent wrongdoing. According the article:
"The number of medical malpractice lawsuits filed in Wisconsin fell to 140 last year, a drop of more than 50% since 1999, court records show. Malpractice lawyers blame the decline on state laws that they say are skewed in favor of doctors and hospitals; medical groups contend that malpractice suits have declined because health care professionals have gotten better at their jobs."Further...
"At the same time, a state-run malpractice insurance fund — created because of fears that medical malpractice insurance premiums would skyrocket without it — has grown to more than $1.15 billion, a total larger than all the money it has paid out during its entire 39-year history."Read more in this 2-part series.
Part 1: Medical malpractice meltdown | Medical lobby is a powerhouse in Wisconsin Capitol
Part 2: No malpractice lawyers will take case in death of Wisconsin baby | Malpractice insurance business is booming in Wisconsin and nation