May 3, 2012
Does Tort Reform Affect Physician Supply? Evidence from Texas
David Hyman (Illinois), Charles Silver (Texas), and Bernard Black (Northwestern) have posted to SSRN an article by that title. The abstract provides:
Does state tort reform affect physician supply? Tort reformers certainly believe so. Before Texas adopted tort reform in 2003, proponents claimed that physicians were deserting Texas in droves. After tort reform was enacted, proponents claimed there had been a dramatic increase in physicians moving to Texas due to the improved liability climate. We find no evidence to support either claim. Physician supply was not measurably stunted prior to reform, and did not measurably improve after reform. This is true whether one looks at all patient care physicians in Texas or at high-malpractice-risk specialties.
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