By Sam Baker - 10/12/11 04:58 PM EDT
The advocacy group Public Citizen charged Wednesday that limits on medical malpractice suits have made the healthcare system worse in Texas.
Tort reform composes almost all of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s healthcare platform, and supporters of liability reform often cite the state’s experience to argue that limiting jury awards will lower costs. Public Citizen says in a new report that the quality of healthcare in the state has actually gotten worse since Perry signed malpractice limits into law in 2003.
Texas also has the highest percentage of uninsured residents in the country.