In 2003, the Texas legislature adopted a comprehensive package of “tort reforms” that greatly reduce the frequency of medical malpractice lawsuits. Supporters of the reforms reasoned that if patients’ rights were slashed, access to health care would greatly increase. After the “tort reform,” physician licenses issued actually declined due to a shortage of trained personnel at the Texas Medical Board which grants licenses. So, in effect, the legislation offered false promises and has both slashed patient’s rights and denied them better access to care by under-funding the Texas Medical Board.
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