WPR News
1:39 pm
Mon July 26, 2004

Doctor Recruitment Hard In Wyoming

Cheyenne, WY – One reason hospital administrators are hopeful the state is moving toward a resolution on the medical malpractice front is due to doctor recruitment. Since the American Medical Association named Wyoming a crisis state due to a lack of caps on non-economic damages, it's been difficult to get specific doctors to come to the state. Wyoming Hospital Association Director Robert Kidd says finding specialists has been nearly impossible. Kidd says there's a national shortage of medical professionals which compounds the problem in Wyoming. He says the shortage, coupled with malpractice insurance problems, means few specialists will even consider a move to Wyoming. Trial attorneys say high malpractice insurance rates have nothing to do with whether the state has a cap on non-economic damages. They add there is no evidence a cap would bring rates down.