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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Another Post-Tort Reform Record for New Texas Physicians

As it has for four of the past seven years, the Texas Medical Board licensed a record number of new physicians for the fiscal year that ended Aug. 31, surging past the 4,000 mark for the first time in history. The board licensed a record 4,295 new Texas doctors last year, up 301 (7.5 percent) from the previous year’s record of 3,994. The number of license applications received (5,377) also broke the record of 5,150 set in 2014. “Twelve years since the passage of our historic 2003 medical liability reforms, we continue to attract new physicians to Texas in record numbers,” said Austin internist Howard Marcus, MD, chair of Texas Alliance For Patient Access. “I don’t at all find that to be a coincidence.”

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