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Texas's welcome mat for doctors

San Antonio Express-News via Texans for Lawsuit Reform:

The Texas Medical Board, which licenses and regulates the practice of medicine in the state, has a problem. And as problems go, it's a relatively good one for Texas to have.

So many doctors are seeking licenses to practice in Texas that the board is facing a certification backlog. As Express-News business columnist David Hendricks recently detailed, the board processed 2,446 licenses in fiscal year 2001. In fiscal year 2006, the number jumped to 4,026....

The medical malpractice debate is normally an economic and legal abstraction. But the experience in Texas provides hard evidence that reasonable reforms can have real world consequences that improve access to health care....

In Austin, legislators are considering an emergency appropriation of $400,000 for the medical board to clear the licensing logjam. That's a small investment to make to get more doctors working, employing staff, paying taxes and treating patients in Texas.

Medical liability insurance rates have dropped by nearly 30 percent since Texas voters approved Proposition 12, the paper says.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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