Tort Reform

The medical liability reforms passed in 2003 have produced the desired result: more doctors are willing to practice medicine in Texas. To preserve the improved access Texans have to medical services, Texas hospitals believe the Legislature should continue to maintain the cap on non-economic damages for pain and suffering, and limit liability in disaster and emergency situations to those who exhibit gross negligence. Ten years later, these efforts have proven fruitful.

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Talking Points, Tenth Anniversary of Health Care Liability Reform

Physicians who perceive a high level of malpractice risk are more likely to engage in practices that would be considered defensive, a study from the Center for Studying Health System Change

Tort Reform Is Associated with Significant Increases in Texas Physicians Relative to the Texas Population, a report on tort reform’s impact on physician Tx physician populations.

Texas Alliance for Patient Access - a statewide coalition of doctors, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and physician liability insurers.

A 2008 THA survey of hospitals found major reductions in liability costs after medical liability reforms.

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Charles Bailey, J.D.