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    Republican presidential candidate, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, talks with business leaders Wednesday, August 17, 2011, at the Bedford Village Inn during a Politics and Eggs breakfast.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Perry’s numbers doctored

The statement:

Says Texas gained 21,000 doctors due to tort reform.

Gov. Rick Perry, August 17, 2011 in Bedford, in response to a question on medical malpractice


Our ruling

There is no question that tort reform drove down medical malpractice insurance premiums and reduced the number of malpractice suits. And there is no question that most health care providers like the change and say it's a factor that leads them to practice in the state. But the wholesale transformation that Perry describes is not backed up by the numbers.

Perry said Texas has 21,000 more doctors thanks to tort reform. That's flat out wrong. Texas has only about 13,000 more doctors in the state and the historic trends suggest that population growth was the driving factor. We rate his statement False.

To read the full article: Rick Perry says Texas added 21,000 doctors because of tort reform

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