Public can check doctors' background under new US law

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 09 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1165

Patients in Massachusetts can now get detailed information about doctors, including their disciplinary record and whether they have been sued for malpractice, after the state became the first in the United States to pass legislation requiring such information to be made public.

The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine will make doctors' profiles available from this week, and access to the information will be possible on the Internet by May 1997. The profiles include professional liability claims, disciplinary actions, criminal convictions, as well as education and training, board certification, and honours and awards.

Dr Joseph Heyman, president of the Massachusetts …

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