Governor, Doctors to Show Data: Reform Good for Patients

Sept. 6, 2013 

  • WHAT: Texas Gov. Rick Perry will join physician leaders from the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and the Hidalgo-Star County Medical Society (H-SCMS), and representatives of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Texas’ groundbreaking medical liability reform. Governor Perry, TMA, H-SCMS, and CALA will reveal new data showing how the 2003 reforms, anchored by Proposition 12, have benefited Texas patients and physicians.  
  •  WHEN: Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, noon 
  •  WHERE: Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, 118 Paseo del Prado, Edinburg (across the street from the Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance, behind the Cancer Center and adjacent to the Behavioral Center) 
  •  WHO: Governor Perry; Carlos L. Cardenas, MD, chair, TMA Board of Trustees; Chevy C. Lee, MD, secretary-treasurer, H-SCMS; Febe Zepeda, executive director, Rio Grande Valley CALA; and other Rio Grande Valley physicians
  •  WHY: In 2003, the Texas Legislature passed landmark medical liability reforms, which voters supported by passing the Proposition 12 constitutional amendment that September. Ten years later, new data confirm that medical liability reform is good for Texas patients because record numbers of doctors are here to care for them. The Rio Grande Valley area was particularly hard-hit by lawsuit abuse prior to the 2003 reforms. However since reform, more doctors are available to care for more Valley patients.  

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

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