Governor Perry Comes To Tyler

The topic of medical malpractice reform brought Governor Rick Perry to Tyler Friday. He stressed to doctors at the Texas Spine and Joint Hospital he wants frivolous lawsuits to stop.

He said right now, seven out of eight malpractice claims in Texas are dismissed. But the huge number of lawsuits being filed are causing doctors to quit practicing in Texas and in the long run hurting you the patient.

"It is wrong, for a small percentage of lawyers to jeopardize the health care of our 21 million citizens," said Perry.

The Governor says frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits have caused insurance rates to go up so high, many doctors have stopped practicing medicine in Texas, particularly in obstetrics. Three out of five Texas counties don't have a gynecologist obstetrician.

  Michelle Mortensen, reporting.