Thousands of doctors are currently practicing medicine while being on probation for issues ranging from sexual misconduct and drug addiction to unprofessional and dangerous treatment of patients. But it’s difficult and time-consuming for consumers to find out if their doctor is one of them, according to Consumer Reports.
A survey by Consumer Reports finds that 82 percent of Americans are in favor of requiring doctors to tell their patients if they’re on probation and why. And, 66 percent lean toward barring doctors from seeing patients until their probationary period ends. However, state medical boards and the American Medical Association have opposed efforts to create greater transparency around physicians’ disciplinary actions.
“The onus shouldn’t be on patients to investigate their physicians,” said Lisa McGiffert, director of Consumer Reports’ Safe Patient Project. “Doctors on probation should be required to tell their patients about their status, and explain the reasons behind it.”