We have tort reform in California since 1976 and our medical costs are some of the highest compared to other states. It is next to impossible to sue a phyisician or hospital for malpractice in California. Maximum $250,000. so most attorneys will not take a case unless it is a minor child who has been disabled. MICRA tort reform is a license to kill.
Compared to other states I have lived in, California has above average health care. We have access to the latest equipment and the best doctors as a general rule.
Tort reform has helped.
However, to those patients on Medicaid, they don't get good service here. In the last week I am familiar with two patients who have been perforated during a colonoscopy by two different doctors who specialize in Medicaid patients.