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Monday, October 28, 2013

PER-CAPITA DIRECT PATIENT CARE PHYSICIANS IN TEXAS HITS ALL-TIME HIGH

It’s yet another piece of evidence on the success of our liability reforms — and a direct rebuttal of the trial lawyers’ arguments to the contrary. The per-capita number of direct patient care physicians in Texas stagnated and then declined during the liability crisis period. Post-crisis, we’ve seen a per-capita gain in six of the past seven years. In 2012, the most current year for which data is available, Texas reached an all-time high of 169.2 direct patient care physicians per capita. For years, we’ve argued that the Texas Medical Board’s figures on the number of new medical licenses applied for and granted were proof that our 2003 liability reforms were attracting new doctors to the state — even faster than our exploding population. The trial bar pooh-poohed those numbers, pointing instead to conflicting evidence in the per-capita number of direct patient care physicians reported by the Department of State Health Services. Wonder what they’ll say now.

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