Some 86% of physicians surveyed want medical malpractice reforms to be applied uniformly across all 50 states and 70% said a federal law should address the issue, according to Jackson & Harris, Atlanta, a physician-recruitment firm.
In an online survey in March, the firm found that 41% of physicians in 20 states deemed to be in a "medical malpractice crisis" by the American Medical Association had considered dropping malpractice coverage altogether. In addition, 60% said they had considered moving to another state and 77% said they had stopped performing some procedures or changed the way they treat patients.
For 29% of respondents, malpractice insurance rates had more than doubled over the past five years.
The survey drew 816 responses, including 739 from doctors who said they were in an independent medical practice. Of those, 64% said they had thought of obtaining malpractice coverage by hiring on as a hospital staff physician.