Even After ‘Tort Reform’ Small Counties Still Have No Doctors

In 2003, the Texas Legislature passed caps on damages in medical mal-practice cases. As a result, Texas citizens are no longer able to hold doctors accountable for their mistakes. One of the main goals the insurance industry and doctors lied about was more accessible health care in rural counties and the cost of health care would go down. After nearly 6 years, neither of these have come true. Although the amount of doctors in Texas has increased, the majority have settled in urban areas. Citizens living in rural counties still must drive hours for medical care. Additionally, the cost of health care has risen more sharply in Texas than almost any other state. The only ones who benefited from stripping citizens of their rights were the doctors and insurance companies. Patients are now at greater risks because no one is accountable for their mistakes.