Report shows physician workforce in Texas growing faster than most states
Aug. 26, 2014
For years Texas has experienced a shortage of doctors, but as KLBJ's Perry Watson tells us, a new report shows that trend is beginning to change. The report also shows: - Only Utah surpassed Texas in percentage growth of doctors who treat patients - On a per capita basis, Texas has more doctors treating patients than ever before - More than two-thirds of the state's 22 trauma service areas experienced a per capita loss in patient care physicians during the liability crisis years (2000-2005) - Today, post tort reform, there are more physicians per capita serving rural Texans than ever before. Fifty-nine (59) counties that did not have a single ER doctor before the passage of reforms now have one. Thirty-one (31) rural counties have added an obstetrician. Opelt says factors contributing to the increasing number of doctors coming to Texas include "the civil justice reforms" passed in 2003, the strong Texas economy and the growing number of new and expanding hospitals in the state.