Reaping the Benefits of Tort Reform . . .
It is hard (even for lawyers) to argue with these statistics:
Today, as a result of the landmark reforms approved by Texas voters, we can definitively say the Lone Star State has more physicians per capita than ever before. Even if you use the most conservative statistics available, Texas has added enough direct care physicians since 2003 to provide 6.4 million more patient visits than would have occurred without these reforms.
In all, more than 20,000 physicians have been licensed to practice in Texas since 2003, many of whom came here because of our reformed legal climate. The numbers are astounding and represent a great improvement in health care access.During the peak of the lawsuit abuse crisis in Texas, many patients went without access to critical health care services.Mothers traveled hundreds of miles to deliver their babies.Patients with heart conditions were forced to brave long trips to the nearest cardiologist.Trauma patients were too often without resources as critical minutes ticked by. Medical liability reform changed these harsh realities for thousands of Texans.
And after years of decline, the ranks of medical specialists in Texas are growing.Just in the last six years, Texas has added 218 obstetricians, and the number of obstetricians practicing in rural Texas has grown by 27 percent.
The number of orthopedists has grown by 15 percent, and Texas added 48 neurosurgeons. The statewide number of pediatric specialists and geriatricians has doubled in the past five years after showing virtually no growth in two years preceding reform.
Emergency services have also expanded with 23 counties adding at least one emergency medicine physician and 18 counties adding their first ER doctor ... ever.
You think this will do more to reduce health care cost than Obamacare? Perry campaign, hello?