California Doesn’t Make It Easy To Find Information On Disciplined Doctors
A bill would have changed that, but the California Medical Association lobbied to kill it because notifying patients “would erode the fundamental right to due process."
Is California Doing Enough To Protect Patients From Bad Doctors?
In 2011, Marian Hollingsworth needed to get a colonoscopy. Her primary care doctor referred her to a gastroenterologist, who performed the procedure. It went well. A few years later, Hollingsworth learned how to research doctors on the California Medical Board’s website. She decided to check the records of the doctor who did her colonoscopy. “And I about fell over, because he was about to start a 30-day suspension and seven years probation for a decades-long history of drug and alcohol abuse," she said. "But what finally got the attention of the medical board, is that he went after a patient with a hatchet.” (Goldberg, 9/13)