Tort Reform is 15 years old!
I cannot believe it! 15 years ago the Texas Medical Association provided the power to push the Texas legislature to much needed reform when it came to medical malpractice. The result was a huge. And I mean huge there was a huge increase in physician licensure applications at the board. In the year that I retired from the Texas Medical Board, 2010, we had over 3,000+ applications and then in 2017 over 4,700+ physician applications and from the looks of things 2018 is going to be even bigger.
Tort Reform did have a backlash. There were many that complained that the state would be flooded with physicians who were fleeing other states, but that has not been true. The requirements for licensure have remained some of the toughest in the United States and that has not deterred applicants. I believe that the vast majority of physicians strive hard to practice good medicine. So visit the link at the end of this article for more information. And as Jaime and love to say WELCOME TO TEXAS!
Hallelujah the doctors keep on coming!