Thursday, November 2, 2006
Charles Silver (Texas) has a useful post at TortDeform about the purported increase in physicians practicing in Texas. His conclusion:
In sum, the 2003 Texas reforms transferred a lot of wealth from malpractice victims, their families, employers, and health insurers to physicians and their liability insurers. This was the main object of the 2003 reforms, and the reforms achieved it. But the reforms have not increased physician supply, which grew at a sub-par rate in the post-reform years. The facts show yet again how wealthy and concentrated interest groups use the political process to advantage, at the expense of groups whose members are anonymous and dispersed.
Update: The comments discussion at TortDeform is worth following.