Costly Malpractice Insurance Affecting Florida Doctors

More than 1,300 physicians responded to the survey by Dr. Robert Brooks, the associate dean for health affairs at the Florida State University Medical School, and more than half of those doctors said they were cutting back.

Dr. Robert Brooks says, “The services we saw that were cut the most included deliveries, both vaginal and C-section deliveries of infants, as well as procedures such as surgeries and coverage of nursing homes and emergency rooms.”

Brooks, who served as secretary of the state Health Department four years ago (1999-2001), says the number one reason why doctors are cutting back is the high cost of insurance.

Dr. Brooks’ study was published in Monday’s edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association.