Monday, June 14, 2010

Medscape on state medical board rankings: Public Citizen has it all wrong

From the article:

Public Citizen concluded that most boards are underdisciplining physicians, partly on the basis of a previous report it published in 2006 finding that 67% of insurance fraud convictions and 36% of convictions related to controlled substances were associated with only "nonsevere" discipline by the boards…

Public Citizen has it all wrong. Boards should not be judged by the number of licenses suspended or revoked, but by how well they protect the citizens of their state. Its simplistic analysis is akin to judging a city's police department on the basis of the number of prisoners in its jails rather than the number of crimes committed.

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