Does Tort Reform Affect Physician Supply? Evidence from Texas
16 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2012 Last revised: 4 Dec 2015
Date Written: February 14, 2014
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 it did not measurably improve after reform. This is true for all patient care physicians in Texas, high-malpractice-risk specialties, primary care physicians, and rural physicians.
Keywords: physician supply, malpractice, tort reform
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