More than one-third of the physicians in Ohio will close their practices within the next two years if medical liability insurance premiums continue to rise, according to a new survey by the 15,000-member Ohio State Medical Association.
And more than half -- 54% -- said they would close their practices within three years if the situation does not improve.
The survey was randomly distributed to 4,000 Ohio physicians and about 900 responded, according to the doctors' group.
"These statistics confirm that Ohio is facing a real healthcare crisis," said the group's president, William Sternfeld, M.D.
The survey also showed that about 80% of the state's physicians are concerned that rising insurance premiums will impact access to care for their patients.