Re: June 21 article, "Study: Tort reform amendment hasn't delivered reduced expenses."
Here we go again: yet another narrowly defined study of the impact of tort reform on health care costs and physicians in Texas. Such studies fail to show the positive and wide-ranging impact of tort reform in Texas.
Texas has more physicians per capita than ever before. More physicians means improved access and increased quality of care for more Texans. According to a study by the Texas Hospital Association, the reforms also spurred 85 percent of hospital facilities to recruit more specialists and 69 percent to expand services because of declining liability costs.
The truth is that reform works, and we can ill afford to return to days when lawsuits and awards spiraled out of control. Since voters approved the Prop 12 reforms in 2003, medical liability insurance has become more affordable and predictable, more doctors have come to Texas and Texans have better access to care.