Paul J. Weber, AP
Governor Rick Perry says a crackdown on malpractice lawsuits expanded healthcare in Texas, but an analysis reveals a more complicated picture than his campaigning would suggest. The Republican presidential candidate points to tort reform measures Texas passed in 2003 as proof of his job-creating credentials. Perry says lawsuit damage caps created a business-friendly climate that helped Texas license 23,000 new doctors.
However, state records show that only a little more than half those physicians wound up practicing in Texas. And while Perry told a Georgia crowd last month that women now have better access to obstetricians, two-thirds of Texas counties still lack one, as was the case beforehand.
However, some feel the caps worked, as there has been an increase in surgeons and emergency room doctors.