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States seek to increase public access of doctors’ disciplinary histories

Posted on Tuesday, May 17th, 2011    

Recently, several states in the U.S. have been pushing for more public access of medical doctors’ disciplinary records. Many are saying that a patient’s ability to review his or her doctors’ history could serve to decrease incidences of malpractice in the medical community.

At least five states are currently involved in the movement, including Texas. Legislation is now being introduced in the state House and Senate that would force medical board websites to provide more information on the histories of their doctors.

Those arguing against this legislation have stated that the law’s may prevent doctors from having due process, as several of the laws duplicate already-existing laws.

It has been said that the new legislation will only drive up court costs and create more problems in the medical community.

Being charged with a medical crime can have devastating effects on doctors and physicians, including the loss of a medical license. If you or someone you love has lost a license to practice medicine, please contact the Texas medical license lawyers of the Leichter Law Firm at 512-495-9995.