Mass. residents worry about liability crisis

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted June 28, 2004

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Among 400 Massachusetts voters recently surveyed, 73% said they believe medical liability insurance continues to be a major problem or crisis. In addition, 85% said they would support legislation that assessed medical malpractice damages based on each person's level of responsibility.

The poll also found:

  • 92% believe medical doctors are important to the state's economy.
  • 69% favor limits on noneconomic damages when patients are fully compensated for economic damages.
  • 66% believe physicians are leaving Massachusetts because the work environment for them is a serious or very serious problem.
  • 62% believe doctors' medical liability insurance premiums are too high.
  • 57% believe patients bring too many lawsuits against physicians.

The McCormack School at the University of Massachusetts-Boston's survey has a plus or minus 5% error, with a 95% confidence level.

At press time, Massachusetts was one of 25 states the American Medical Association lists as showing signs of a medical liability insurance crisis.

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