Friday, July 18, 2008

Public information on bad doctors

Kudos to Karen Garloch and her 06-26-2008 article in the Charlotte (NC) Observer entitled Doctors: Malpractice site unfair. Physicians say only cases involving poor medical care should be posted. Here is a portion of her article.

The remainder can be found at

Plans by the N.C. Medical Board to post all doctors' malpractice histories on its Web site have drawn criticism from physicians who say the information would be misleading and unfair.

About 870 physicians, encouraged by the state's medical society, have sent e-mails and letters in opposition to the board, which is soliciting comments from the public through Monday. So far, about 75 people have contacted the board in support of the change.

The medical board, which licenses and regulates doctors and physician assistants, has been criticized in the past for failing to protect people from bad doctors. To increase public confidence, the board pushed for a new state law that requires collection and publication of doctors' medical malpractice histories as well as other background information, including criminal records.

And props to Karen for this one (great resource):


See what other state medical boards disclose to the public:

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