Special Treatment: Disciplining Doctors

Number 22640
Subject Doctors
Source Washington Post
State DC
Year 2005
Publication Date 04/10/2005; 04/11/2005; 04/12/2005
Summary Hospitals and state medical boards across the United States have given physicians repeated chances to keep practicing, despite well-documented alcohol and drug problems. Even doctors that have criminal records do not have their doctor's licenses revoked. This is due partially to the practice that allows doctors to move to another state and start a new job before the paperwork being slowly processed caught up with them. It is also due to loopholes in the National Practitioner Data Bank.
Category Computer-Assisted Reporting
Pages 28
Keywords doctors;doctor's license;alcohol;drug problems;criminal records;National Practitioner Data Bank
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