It’s clockwork. Nine years ago this week, Texas voters approved our desperately needed medical liability reforms. Just like every other year at this time, the trial lawyers’ propaganda machine is once again trying to convince Texans to ignore the improvements they’re seeing all around them.
I’m pleased to report on some new research that soundly contradicts the naysayers’ rhetoric.
In our generation, Texas has taken no more important step to strengthen our health care delivery system than passing the 2003 medical liability reforms. The 2003 law swiftly ended an epidemic of lawsuit abuse, brought thousands of sorely needed new physicians to Texas, and encouraged the state’s shell-shocked physicians to return to caring for patients with high-risk diseases and injuries. As recently reported in The New York Times,[i]however, tort reform is a never-ending political and legislative maneuver in Texas. We cannot relax our guard against direct attacks on the 2003 law, attempts to weaken the Texas Medical Board, nor cynical schemes to turn Texans’ final days into lawsuit battlegrounds
[i] Ramsey, Ross. Fight Over Lawsuits Now Shapes State Politics. The Texas Tribune. March 2012 Available at. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/25/us/in-texas-trial-lawyers-and-a-pro-business-group-shape-politics-ross-ramsey.html. Accessed April 2012.