Annual Ranking of State Medical Boards

Source: Sidney M. Wolfe, Rebecca Kahn, Kate Resnevic, Public Citizen, April 5, 2010

From the press release:
Public Citizen’s annual ranking of state medical boards shows that most states, including one of the largest, are not living up to their obligations to protect patients from doctors who are practicing substandard medicine, according to the report released today.

Although the rate at which states took serious disciplinary actions against doctors rose slightly in 2009, it was still 18 percent lower than the peak rate of five years ago. Had the national rate of doctor discipline remained at the peak rate, there would have been 653 additional serious disciplinary actions in 2009 against U.S. physicians compared to the number actually taken.

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