Patients don't get full story on doctors

Number 18499
Subject Doctors
Source San Francisco Chronicle
State CA
Year 2002
Publication Date Jan. 6
Summary San Francisco Chronicle reports on the lack of information about malpractice verdicts on the website of the Medical Board of California. The story reveals that the public database omits records on doctors' misdemeanors, remedial actions (like drug and alcohol treatment programs), malpractice settlements, various lawsuits, complaints, detailed information on formal discipline, etc. Consumers are required to write the Medical Board for detailed information, and often wait for weeks to get a response. Wallack points to three high-dollar verdicts against negligent doctors, which were not included in the state board's database.
Category General
Pages 2
Keywords San Diego's Center for Public Interest Law;physicians;licensing;incompetence;negligence
Related Links www.questionabledoctors.org; www.ama-assn.org/aps/; www.medbd.ca.gov
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