A new study by David A. Hyman, Charles Silver, and Bernard Black shows that Texas Tort Reform measures have not increased the number of doctors in Texas since 2003.
After tort reform was enacted, proponents claimed there had been a dramatic increase in physicians moving to Texas due to the improved liability climate. We find no evidence to support either claim. Physician supply was not measurably stunted prior to reform, and did not measurably improve after reform. This is true whether one looks at all patient care physicians in Texas or at high-malpractice-risk specialties.”
Undoubtedly, victims will continue to be blamed and accused of being “money-grubbing” and “litigious,” but studies like this should provide some solace to those who seek redress for the injuries they’ve suffered. Demanding compensation after suffering medical malpractice does not harm our medical community.