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Posted at 2:24 PM, Apr 21, 2008 in Debunking Tort "Reform" | Health Care | Medical Malpractice
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To understand rural medicine you have to understand the economics of medicine, of which malpractice costs are a major part. A family physician needs a about 4500 patients to be economically sound. This has increased significantly due to decreased payments. It goes up higher in an area of uninsured. The higher you med-mal the more patients you need. For a family physican to have 4500 patients there needs to be about 2 times as many in the community as ony 50% will utilize care. So, how many of your counties in Texas have that number in the population. The more important statistic is how many patients are within 30 minutes of a physicians office? As to neurosurgeons, they need a major hospital and must have back up, obstetrics also needs a hospital. How many of the counties have a hospital? Presently there are many doctors moving into the state, this has resulted in increased access as now patients can at least drive and be seen and have access to care. Before, you could not even drive and be seen as the practices were full. Another issure that is a problem in Texas is the number of illeagals that reside in the rural areas. You can't pay for your medmal insurance if you are not getting paid.

Posted by: throckmorton | April 22, 2008 8:51 AM

I apologize for putting this on an unrelated item, but couldn't find an email and wasn't sure if you'd seen this article on states rulings on employee arbitration findings. Feel free to delete the comment.

Posted by: Shelley | April 22, 2008 9:02 AM

Matthew 4:25 (Biblical reference for arbitration)

Posted by: throckmorton | April 22, 2008 12:42 PM

My Bad, it is Matthew 5:25 (NIV)

Posted by: throckmorton | April 22, 2008 3:53 PM