Perry Signs Medical Liability Tort Reform

Governor Rick Perry has signed historic legislation designed to cut back on frivolous malpractice lawsuits in Texas.

The Governor discussed House Bill Four at Texas Spine and Joint Hospital in Tyler Wednesday afternoon. The bill places a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages awarded in malpractice suits against medical institutions and doctors. It also puts a $500,000 cap on damages recovered from combined health care facilities.

The same day Perry signed the legislation, a new study came out ranking Texas behind the nation in providing health insurance for children. Perry said the latest legislative session already made ground in that arena.

"We are in the process in the next 2 to 3 years of doubling the number of qualified health care centers in the state...that will make healthcare available to some 500,000 poor and uninsured East Texans," said Perry. "That's a story no one seems to be wanting to write about. There were some great success stories in both the delivery of health care and the efficiency of our ability to be able to deliver health care."

Kerri Panchuck, reporting.