More than two-thirds of New Jersey residents supported a recent walkout by thousands of doctors in the state to protest medical malpractice insurance increases, according to a poll by the Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger that was published today.
The poll finds that 68% of New Jerseyans support the actions taken by the physicians, most of whom are reportedly back at work now.
While they were out last week, the physicians made provisions to handle emergency and urgent care. They came back to work when lawmakers began considering new malpractice reform proposals late last week.
The physicians want a cap on noneconomic damages, which 57% of those polled also want, the Star-Ledger reports.
The poll also finds that 82% cited "too many lawsuits" as a major reason for higher malpractice premiums, while 73% also cited high jury awards, 63% blamed insurance company mismanagement, and 30% blamed incompetent physicians.
On the other hand, 45% of those polled say a person injured during a medical procedure that turns out wrong is entitled to be compensated, even if it is not the doctor's fault.