Columnist: Medical Board of California Needs More Teeth
The Medical Board of California --Â "the state agency charged with protecting patients through 'vigorous, objective enforcement' of physician licensing and disciplinary laws" --Â is "a failed regulator," Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik writes. Hiltzik continues, "California's board consistently ranks near the bottom of all such bodies in the country when measured by the number of serious disciplinary actions it imposes ... as a percentage of all doctors licensed in the state." He suggests that one way to address this issue is to "replace [the board's] majority of doctors and politicos with a few truly independent advocates for patient health."
- "Curing the State's Medical Regulation System" (Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 5/4).