SAN ANTONIO, Texas PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Texas physician supply grew twice as fast as the state’s population since passage of health care liability reforms in 2003, according to a just-published study.
“This is just one more piece of evidence to verify what we’ve been observing for years,” said Dr. Howard Marcus, an Austininternist and chair of Texas Alliance For Patient Access. “Texas’ 2003 reforms have kept their promise. Sick and injured Texans today have more physicians to see when they need medical care.”
WashingtonExaminer.com, By Richard Weekley, 10/21/13 – A decade ago, the landmark tort reform bill called House Bill 4 was enacted following months of debate, including the testimony of more than 400 Texans in the state Capitol.
After a bruising legislative battle against forces backed by personal injury trial lawyers, legislative leaders commented that “history would decide” whether this comprehensive civil justice reform effort would prove to be good for Texas.
Ten years later, the results are in.
Southeast Texas Record, by Marcus Hohns, October 1, 2013 –
Ten years ago, unbridled litigation against doctors and hospitals had turned entire regions of Texas into lawsuit war zones. Doctors limited the scope of their practices or shut their doors altogether — and patients were losing access to needed care. Legislative leaders and voters heard the pleas and responded with landmark legal reforms, in the form of Proposition 12.