Malpractice Reform in Texas: Review from Dr. Carroll

Today, in his blog comments, Dr. Aaron Carroll reviewed the results of the 2003 Texas tort reform by stating: “If you believe that tort reform <worked in Texas> than you must believe that (1) it makes doctors want to practice there and (2) lowers medical costs which will then (3) lower the cost of insurance and (4) result in fewer people being uninsured.  And, it seems, many of you believe Texas proves this to be true. You couldn’t be more wrong.  Since tort reform, the number of doctors per population remains stable, health care costs have gone up (along with insurance costs), and the number of uninsured remains the worst in the nation.”  Read Dr. Carroll’s comments and documentation that supports his comments on the Incidental economist blog.