Wednesday, March 23, 2011

State medical boards giving bad docs a pass?

"State medical boards have failed to discipline 55 percent of the nation’s doctors who were sanctioned by the hospitals where they worked," according to a Washington Post story (click here).  The Post story is based upon a study from Public Citizen (click here for the story).  

While Public Citizen may be out there on some issues, this is a significant problem in Texas.  In 2004, the Texas Legislature enacted massive "tort reform," which has made it nearly impossible for a harmed patient to sue a negligent doctor (and all medical providers).  With the court house doors closed, many patients have turned to the state medical boards in an attempt to hold bad doctors accountable.   Now the question is whether those boards are doing their jobs. 

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