Texas malpractice reforms are working too well

The malpractice cap that Texas instituted in 2003 is leading to an influx of doctors.

That’s good for patients who benefit from the access provided by the new physicians. However, the Texas Medical Board can’t keep up with the pace of new registrations, despite increasing their staff by 28 percent over the last six years.

This is leading to a delay when dealing with patient complaints, which can compromise patient care. A 5-month delay is cited, despite “seven hearings a day, four to five days a week, with a staff of nine [investigators].”

The obvious solution would be to hire more medical board staff, but it’s pretty striking how successful the malpractice cap has been in bringing in new doctors.

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  • Rogue Medic

    Perhaps this will act as an incentive for other states to do likewise, to attract physicians.

  • Anonymous

    If it were true, it would. (Well, actually the perception is probably more important to physicians than the reality, so truth may be optional to them) In reality, though, Texas’ gains relate to population increases, which still outstrip the physician increases. A number of new hospitals came online in the mid part of the decade in response to the population increase, so they naturally are hiring. Payouts by insurers have not changed. Having government arbitrarily decide the value of cases hasn’t effected insurance rates.

    By this time next year, there will be another increase in rates due to the loss of investment income with the stock market crash.

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