Skip to comments.More Doctors in Texas After Malpractice Caps
Posted on 10/04/2007 7:59:44 PM PDT by milestogo
More Doctors in Texas After Malpractice Caps
HOUSTON, Oct. 4 In Texas, it can be a long wait for a doctor: up to six months.
That is not for an appointment. That is the time it can take the Texas Medical Board to process applications to practice.
Four years after Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment limiting awards in medical malpractice lawsuits, doctors are responding as supporters predicted, arriving from all parts of the country to swell the ranks of specialists at Texas hospitals and bring professional health care to some long-underserved rural areas.
The influx, raising the states abysmally low ranking in physicians per capita, has flooded the medical boards offices in Austin with applications for licenses, close to 2,500 at last count.
Of those awaiting processing, the largest number, after Texas, come from New York (145), followed by California (118) and Florida (100).
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If it’s in the NYT, I guess it’s not to be believed.
Last semester I took a Polisci class and our moonbat professor showed us a PBS film called “Justice for Sell”. Basically it was a hit piece on Texas because the Doctors in Texas joined together and took the Texas courts away from the trial lawyers. It was pretty funny watching her try to convince us how evil doctors were for doing it. She would have had better luck trying to convince the walls then those of us taking the class that appointing judges was better than electing them.
More doctors may not mean higher quality of care, but lack of doctors does hurt quality of care.
I’m glad the numbers are proving Prop 12 was the right idea.
Yup. It makes them answerable to the people - something sorely lacking elsewhere.
What happens to judges if they: Get soft on criminals? Give murderers probation only? Abuse their position? “Creatively” interpret the law? Guess what - come next election, you’re fired!
Another reason to love Texas.
What we need to do next is put a stop to class action suits. They are just a means to circumvent the standing requirement.
Appointed Judges (except at the very highest levels of the judiciary, and even then it’s just barely tolerable) = “The Divine Right Of Kings” or “We, the elite, know better than you, the serfs, what is good for you.”
Elected Judges = accountable public servants, listening to the voice of the People - their master.
More doctors may mean better care...You can choose not to go to them...
This has been great for Texas and for the country. Some of the best and most advanced medicine is coming out of Texas now. The stuff that Baylor is doing with the deep brain stimulators is incredible.
I’m not so sure about that. Class action suits certainly need to be better regulated and more strictly certified; I do not think they need to be eliminated.
And Rice’s non-pharmaceutical cure for cancer is just amazing. Hopefully it passes the clinical trials.
If someone has a case then let them file it. Class action is the way tort lawyers get cases into court without actually having any real clients.
This is why I’m moving to Texas.
It sure beats allowing the dirty filthy greedy trial-lawyer pond scum to buy their own pet judges Texas-style.
As with many other things, the media is exaggerating the “problem” of bought judges. It’s actually not a significant problem in Texas.
If it were a problem, the news here would be full of accusations and exposes. Odd, isn’t it, that all the complaining is coming from outside Texas?
It should be noted that the ENTIRE Texas judiciary is elected.
We also have a LOT of different ways to remove a particularly offensive judge well before an election. See: http://www.ajs.org/js/TX_methods.htm
This is much more effective than the appointed political/business crony types seen in other states. Trial lawyers “buying” in a judge just doesn’t happen much in Texas.
Whereabouts you moving to?
The complaining is also coming from mootbats that can't get anything done via the ballot box.
Our problem is the appointed (Federal) judges. Can you say William Wayne Justice? That fine fellow has done more to ruin Texas than every "bought" judge, no question. Can you imagine that guy standing for election?
Ah, if only.
Yup. Moonbats can’t get any traction at the ballot box, and they can’t get any traction in the court because the judges are answerable to the people here.
weatherford. We’ll be in the same general neighborhood.