Public Citizen Ranks Performance of State Medical Boards in 2002
On March 27th, Public CItizen announced its annual list of medical board actions. The self-proclaimed public interest group ranked the performance of the 50 state medical boards based on the rate of serious disciplinary action taken against physicians in 2002. This year, Maine's numbers ranked the Board at 36th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, even with an increase in its action rate to 4.58 per 1000 physicians (up from 3.39 last year).
Nationally, state medical boards took 2,864 actions against physicians, including license revocations, surrenders, suspensions and probations/restrictions. The national rate was 3.56 actions per 1,000 physicians.
In announcing the 'list', Sidney Wolfe, M.D., director of Public Citizen's Health Research Group, engaged in his usual hyperbole, stating that, 'It is extremely likely that patients are being injured or killed more often in states with poor doctor disciplinary records than in states with consistent top performances.' [return to top]