Who Protects the Patients?
Not the Missouri Board of Healing Arts, according to a recent St. Louis Post Dispatch series. A few relevant headlines from the series: Serious Medical Errors, Little Public Information; Poor Medical Care, Lenient Punishment; Deviant Doctor Got OK to Work; A Felon, Fit To Practice? Disgraced Doctor Gets a Second Chance; Doctor Lost Hospital Privilges But Kept Clean Record; Four Doctors Who Were Convicted of Felonies. Check out the series at http://www.stltoday.com. The series ran in November and December 2010.
The upshot is that we cannot count on a state agency to regulate the medical profession. The value of civil litigation in protecting patients' rights is beyond question. We think you will agree after reading this series.