Massachusetts voters have come to the same conclusion that physicians have held for a decade: Medical malpracitce insurance costs are a serious problem in the Bay State, according to a recent phone poll conducted by the Center for State and Local Policy at the John W. McCormack School of Graduate Studies at the University of Massachusetts. The majority of those polled said doctors pay too much for malpractice insurance and that patients sue doctors too often. The poll of a random sample of 400 voters in the state was conducted May 2-6. Physicians covered by the state's largest carrier face an average increase of 11.6% in their 2004 liability premiums, according to the Massachusetts Medical Society.
Malpractice blues in the Bay State
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