More than half of the rural Florida physicians who took part in a 2003 survey said they had decreased or eliminated healthcare services over the previous year, according to a new study in the Nov. 8 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.
The report, which said about half of the states in the U.S. face concerns about rising insurance costs for physicians, found that almost 53% of the 781 doctors surveyed had changed their delivery patterns as a result of premiums that increased by an average of 93%.
"The current crisis in medical PLI (professional liability insurance) in Florida has a major impact on the availability and delivery of healthcare services to rural areas," the authors of the report wrote. "Given the number of states that are experiencing similar insurance market upheavals, adverse effects on access to care are likely occurring nationwide."
The Chicago-based American Medical Association claims that 20 states are in a crisis stage due to increased insurance costs for doctors, with another 20 or so teetering on the brink.