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Licensing Health Care Professionals: Has the United States Outlived the Need for Medical Licensure?


Gregory Dolin


University of Baltimore - School of Law

Winter 2004

Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 315-336, Winter 2004

Abstract:     
With an expanding market for what is now known as "complimentary and alternative" medicine (CAM), states are increasingly facing the issue of who can and who should be allowed to practice medicine. Of necessity, this question also concerns whom patients may see to treat their ailments.

This paper will argue that the struggle to define who is and who is not licensed to practice medicine is rather fruitless and will always leave patients with less choice than they desire. Part II will review the history of licensure in the United States. Parts III and IV will focus on benefits and problems of restrictive modes of licensure prevalent in most states, respectively. Part V will briefly outline recent developments in CAM. Part VI will develop and critique several alternatives to restrictive licensure, and Part VII will briefly touch on how informed consent plays into the potential change in accreditation that this paper proposes.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 22

Keywords: licensing, medical practice, health care professionals, regulation, medical licensure, medical education, United States medical Licensing Examination, USMLE, elimination of quackery, AMA, American Medical Association, doctors, physicians, public health

JEL Classification: K19, K23, K32, K39, I18, I19

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Dolin, Gregory, Licensing Health Care Professionals: Has the United States Outlived the Need for Medical Licensure? (Winter 2004). Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 315-336, Winter 2004. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1892181

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Gregory Dolin (Contact Author)
University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )
1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States
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