Legislation caused influx of doctors to Texas
March 10, 2007Beirne, Maynard & Parsons attorney and former Texas State Representative Joe Nixon (R-Houston) is interviewed in this article about the post tort-reform surge in medical licence applications in Texas. The article says, "According to reports issued by Joe Nixon, a former Houston state representative and author of the medical reform bill, a record 4,026 applications were received by the medical board last year. That is 34 percent more than 2005, which previously was the busiest year. Five months into the current fiscal year, new applications are on pace for another record year. 'Three years ago, we were having trouble attracting doctors to our state,' Nixon said. 'Now, we can't keep up with the demand. Clearly, the lawsuit protections passed in Texas have made this state a magnet for new physicians.'"