Any Which Way One Looks at it: Tort Reform is a Hoax!
January 12, 2009
“Tort reform” doesn’t work. Texas is the national model for so called “tort reform,” but medical-malpractice insurance premiums there only went down by 1.2 percent. In our state, because of a more competitive market, doctors saw their insurance bills go down by an average of 10.2 percent.
The doctors are not leaving our state. The number of doctors here has steadily grown since 1992 by 5,322. Lawsuits are down dramatically, as are verdicts.
“Tort reform” leads to unsafe health care. What is even more ironic is the quality of health care in Texas has declined precipitously in the past year. According to a just-released study by the United Health Foundation, it fell behind six other states compared to the past year’s ranking.