Many Texans have difficulty getting healthcare—medical, dental, mental, and behavioral—when they need it. There is a shortage of medical professionals, both an insufficient number of medical professionals and maldistribution (meaning that they are not located where they are needed most).

Everyone wants to feel confident that their healthcare provider—whether it is a doctor, a nurse, or a radiologist—is qualified and competent. This is why Texas has licensing requirements for these professions. But are those licensing requirements excluding qualified providers?