TMA President Michael E. Speer, MD, of Houston, is a full-time neonatologist and medical director of the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program at Texas Children’s Hospital, and professor of pediatrics and ethics at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Speer graduated from Baylor in 1968 and completed his residency in pediatrics and fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the same institution. He is board certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine and has been practicing medicine for 37 years. His academic interests include infectious diseases of the newborn and the measurement of quality of care.

The Healthy Benefits of Texas Medical Liability Reform

NOTE: This article is written in response to D Healthcare Daily’s article: Studies: Texas Tort Reform Has Had No Effect on Physician Supply, Lowering Costs It’s clockwork. Nine years ago this week, Texas voters approved our desperately needed medical liability reforms. Just like every other year at this time, the trial lawyers’ propaganda machine is once again trying to convince Texans to ignore the improvements they’re seeing all around them. I’m pleased to report on some new research that soundly contradicts the naysayers’ rhetoric. In 2003, the Texas Legislature passed sweeping liability reforms to combat healthcare lawsuit abuse, reverse physicians’… Full Story