Trial lawyers contend that medical malpractice just isn't a big deal, but doctors on the ground aren't buying it. A new survey of nearly 2,000 doctors, conducted by Jackson Healthcare Solutions, found that 92 percent of them want medical malpractice reform. Fully 85 percent of the doctors surveyed reported that the threat of malpractice litigation is hampering their ability to practice medicine properly.
The doctors in the survey supported a variety of solutions to the current health care payment system, with ideas from both the Left and the Right. For example, large numbers support the idea of ending coverage refusals based on pre-existing conditions. But 61 percent also want to let patients opt out of Medicare, a government program that underpays doctors so badly in some cases that many Medicare patients have trouble finding doctors who will see them.
And majority of the doctors surveyed -- 62 percent -- disagree with the American Medical Association's endorsement of President Obama's reform proposal.