See what happens when you actually let people do their jobs? An influx of doctors lured to Texas by new limits on malpractice lawsuits has overwhelmed the state board that screens candidates for medical licenses, creating a backlog that forces many applicants to wait months before they can start seeing patients.
Officials said many of the relocating physicians are filling shortages in areas such as Beaumont, where trauma patients previously had to be flown to other cities because there weren't enough surgeons to treat them.
But Austin psychiatrist Dr. James E. Kreisle Jr. said he fears the Texas Medical Board's backlog could promt some physicians to rethink their decision to move.
Kreisle and his colleagues have been waiting since the fall for two psychiatrists from South Carolina and Georgia to get licensed in Texas so they can join their practice. In the meantime, patients are being forced to wait three weeks for appointments. Look at it this way, guys. In Canada they would have had to wait for six months and by then their patients would have been institutionalized. But at least any care they might have gotten would be free!