Doctors Are Not Leaving Illinois
Widespread anecdotes and fabrications about doctors fleeing Illinois are contrary to the facts.
- Despite claims that doctors are leaving Illinois, the number of physicians licensed and engaged in “patient care” in Illinois has never declined.1
- Illinois’ number of physicians, per citizen population, has outpaced Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana over the last decade.2
- The most recent data, from 2009-2013, shows increases in the number of physicians practicing in medical specialties, such as OB/GYN’s and neurosurgeons.3
- Independent surveys show that the most important deciding factors for doctors when choosing where to locate are: family location, relationships in the practice, income and work schedule. Professional liability ranks near the bottom of their concerns.4
- Illinois averages more doctors per person than two other states frequently cited by tort reformers as “model tort reform states” – California and Texas.5
- Texas, which enacted tort reform laws to attract doctors to their state, is facing a massive doctor shortage. This further proves that laws restricting a patient’s rights to hold negligent doctors accountable do not entice doctors to locate there.6
1 State Physician Workforce Data Book, Association of American Medical Colleges, Various Editions
3 Physicians Characteristics and Distribution in the U.S., Various Editions, American Medical Association.
4 Office of Statewide Clinical Education Programs, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, December 1, 2010.
5 State Physician Workforce Data Book, Association of American Medical Colleges, Various Editions
6 Doctor Shortage In Texas Could Impact Patient Care For Seniors, Houston Public Media. April 12, 2018. https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/texas/2018/04/12/278991/doctor-shortage-in-texas-could-impact-patient-care-for-seniors/
PDF Fact Sheet: Doctors Are Not Leaving Illinois