Texas Tort Reform and Texas Doctors

Governor Perry of Texas is making the claim that the Texas 2003 tort reform lead to Texas having 20,000 more doctors.

I challenge him to document his numbers.

Here is the number of doctors registered to practice in Texas before and after the 2003 tort reform. The data is from the official state registry that is the only body with the authority to

license doctors to practice in Texas.


The data clearly shows that the growth rate of the number of doctors practicing in Texas slowed from an average rate of 3.4% in the five years before tort reform to a rate of 2.4% in the five years after tort reform. The calculations does not use the data from 2003, the actual year tort reform was passed and a year that should be considered a transition year.. This official data directly contradicts Perry claim that tort reform increased the number of doctors practicing in Texas.