This article from the Dallas Business Journal, quotes the Texas College of Emergency Physicians as stating that the number of emergency physicians increased in 76 Texas counties since tort reform passed in that state six years ago. Almost all of the counties experiencing growth in emergency physicians were previously partially or fully “underserved” for emergency care. In addition, the article states that 22 rural counties which previously had no emergency physicians now have “ER-type assistance” since tort reform was passed.
I won’t fall into the logical fallacy of “post hoc, ergo proper hoc” (“after therefore because of” – i.e. just because the sun comes up after the rooster crows doesn’t mean that the rooster caused the sun to rise), but I do believe it is more than a coincidence that an increase in emergency physician coverage can be added to the list of so many positive changes that have occurred in Texas since tort reform was passed in that state.