Out-of-State doctors can temporarily work in

Texas to help with Hurricane Harvey efforts

Texas relaxes rules to allow out-of-state doctors to help Harvey victims

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, some 213 out-of-state doctors have come to Texas working under a temporary license to provide disaster relief.

News accounts report doctors and nurses have traveled from as far as Oregon, Ohio, and New Jersey to assist in the disaster response.

“Not only have these healthcare workers aided patients, but they’ve provided welcome relief to hard-working doctors and nurses in need of a break,” said Dr. Howard Marcus, chairman of Texas Alliance for Patient Access. “Often the care is rendered in less than ideal conditions due to damage from the storm,” he said.

On August 30, the governor waived all necessary statutes and rules allowing out-of-state doctors to obtain a temporary license.

Healthcare workers employed by a hospital, licensed and in good standing in another state are eligible for temporary licensure. The temporary permit is good for 30 days.

The governor’s suspension will remain in effect until the disaster declaration is lifted or expires.

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Texas has licensed 48,908 new physicians since the passage of lawsuit reforms 14 years ago. This equates to 1,283 more new licensees per year than occurred during the medical liability crisis years of 2000-2003.

“The trends are irrefutable,” said Austin internist Howard Marcus, chairman of Texas Alliance for Patient Access. “The number of licenses granted continues at record levels,” he said. “Physicians per capita continue to show significant gains which is no easy accomplishment given our fast-growing population.

The clear majority of physicians applying for a Texas license come from out of state,” Dr. Marcus noted. “Both the Texas Medical Board data as well as physician testimonials underscore the importance of tort reform in.....

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