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Malpractice records of physicians available online

Posted December 7, 2009
Updated December 8, 2009

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— Expanded information about North Carolina's 35,000 licensed physicians and physician assistants is now available online.

Since 2001, the medical board has posted basic professional and licensing information about physicians and physician's assistants, as well as any charges, allegations and disciplinary action the medical board has taken against them.

The Medical Board’s Web site now publishes settlements of $75,000 or more that occurred on or after May 1, 2008. Information about malpractice settlements will remain on the Web site for seven years beginning May 1, 2008.

Twenty-five other state medical boards also make malpractice awards available to patients online.

The change came after the North Carolina Medical Board came under fire for its handling of several cases. Critics claimed the board "protects" doctors.

The board initially proposed putting all malpractice judgment and settlements online, but opponents argued that doctors settle malpractice claims for reasons that have nothing to do with the quality of medical care. Posting that information could be misconstrued, they argued.

The board later voted unanimously, in July of 2008, in favor of adding the malpractice judgments and settlements.

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  • Adelinthe Dec 8, 2009

    That should be listed on all doctors, as well as the outcome of the decision - whether the case was won or lost.

    God only knows how many lives may have been saved (or conditions improved) had this been done long ago.

    God bless.

    RB
    RB

  • oldschooltarheel Dec 8, 2009

    Where's the web site listing those complaint, allegations & malpractice settlements, determinations on the NC bar Association's website? Anyone have that one? ...

  • NeverSurrender Dec 8, 2009

    Not true - NeverSurrender. Plenty of professional medical witnesses are available & used in state. Will be more too as reimbursements for physicians continue to wither under the rubric of health care "cost cutting".

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    How many of them were licenced by the NC Medical Board and were called to testify against another licensee of the board? Unless you find someone who is disgruntled and willing to risk being sanctioned by the board (which is rare to nonexistent), you're looking at spending $5-10K minimum to bring someone to North Carolina to testify against the doctor. Most patients don't even bother to pursue legitimate claims for that reason alone.

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    Ever see an administrator's salary cut in these cost cutting times?

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    I've never seen an administrator or their salary cut during any time...good or bad. If anything, they're often given massive bonuses to screw the medical staff and the hospital to the wall with ill-conceived "economies".

  • NC-Mom-to-2 Dec 8, 2009

    You can sue attorneys for malpractice.

  • oldschooltarheel Dec 8, 2009

    Not true - NeverSurrender. Plenty of professional medical witnesses are available & used in state. Will be more too as reimbursements for physicians continue to wither under the rubric of health care "cost cutting". Ever see an administrator's salary cut in these cost cutting times? Where is the website to review medical administrator's decisions (especially those that slide over into medical practice without benefit of a medical education)?

  • affirmativediversity Dec 8, 2009

    Why can't you sue a lawyer for malpractise?

    I've met some pretty sorry lawyers in my day who have caused real and life long harm to people by their negligence!

    oh, and please, don't anyone respond by saying you can complain to the Bar Association ... you might as well complain to a big blank, cover the lawyer's derrier, wall!!!!!

  • NeverSurrender Dec 8, 2009

    "Waste of money all around."

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    So you're saying you prefer the buddy system where patients were completely in the dark as to their consultant's past malpractice and people who should have lost their licence were allowed to continue practising medicine?

    Sorry, but this is the first thing the NC Medical Board has done right in a very long time and it all started with the guy in the Charlotte area who had multiple judgments against him from out-of-state but yet was issued a licence anyway.

    This sort of information needs to be out in the sunshine...these people literally have the power of life and death in their hands and you have a right to be fully informed as to their qualifications, abilities, and yes even their mistakes.

    And whilst doctors have been sued...proving malpractice is much harder in NC because none of them will risk the wrath of the Board and testify against their own. You've got to import a doctor from out of state for outrageous money to get expert testimony...

  • Caroline Marie Dec 8, 2009

    I think the site is www.ncmedboard.org. Used it for quite a while to check on doctors and such. Yes, doctors are protected much closer by their own kind that nurses are. Nurses lose their licenses a lot faster and have a much harder time getting them back than the docs do.

  • OrdinaryCitizen Dec 8, 2009

    "as well as any charges, allegations and disciplinary action the medical board has taken against them."

    Charges and allegations, so you can be an innocent Doctor and have your record blemished.

  • OrdinaryCitizen Dec 8, 2009

    As someone who works closely with Doctors this is wrong. Every doctor I know has been sued multiple times. When you lose a loved one who is the first to blame? The Doctor Guess who is leading the charge to blame the doctor? The Lawyer

    Waste of money all around.

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