http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/ ... id=2124644
Changes were seen immediately, and continue to be felt. All major liability insurers cut their rates upon passage of our reforms, with most of those cuts ranging in the double-digits. More than 10 new insurance carriers entered the Texas market, increasing competition and further lowering costs.
As a result, Texas doctors have seen their insurance rates decline by an average of 27 percent.
The number of doctors applying to practice medicine in Texas has skyrocketed by 57 percent. In 2008, the Texas Medical Board received 4,023 license applications and issued a record 3,621 new ones.
In all, in just the first five years after reforms passed, 14,498 doctors either returned to practice in Texas or began practicing here for the first time.
And our reforms finally brought critical specialties to underserved areas. The number of obstetricians practicing in rural Texas is up by 27 percent, and 12 counties that previously had no obstetricians now have at least one. The statistics show major gains in fields like orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, neurosurgery and emergency medicine.
Richard S. wrote:Tort Reform, it's hard to put a number on life or health but these multi million dollar settlements have got to go. I was watching one committee debate this issue and one Rep. who is doctor from Texas had tried to introduce an amendment that was shot down on technicality. Apparently it mirrored what they did in Texas:
ErikLaurence wrote:Richard S. wrote:What I've never understood is why the plaintiff gets awarded the punitive damage funds. Award the plaintiff compensatory damages to compensate them for their loss. Charge the defendant punitive damages to punish them if there was malice or negligence, but for gods sake don't give punitive damage funds to the plaintiff. That turns it into a windfall.
rberq wrote:Thread hijacked already! I told you coal burners couldn't follow rules! Read the beginning of the thread. No discussion! Just say what you want / don't want out of health care reform!
If the defendant is charged punitive damages and the funds can't go to the plaintiff, whom do you suggest receive the award?
I already described the existing Congressional Health Plan. See my post in another health care thread. See: Congress’ health care bill, H.R. 3200franco b wrote:Whatever happens I want to see all government employees covered the same as everyone else. No special health plans for congressmen.
It's not government doctors it's private insurance companies!
It's not that a government plan will not work it's that the insurance companies don't want it.
spc wrote:Why would insurance companies not want 40 million more customers?
rberq wrote:where they are allowed to cherry-pick and insure only the healthy customers, and drop or refuse the rest.