Physician Discipline by State Medical Boards: A Nationwide Assessment

Posted: 8 May 2008

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Darren P. Grant

Sam Houston State University - College of Business Administration - Department of Economics and International Business

Kelly Alfred

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

This paper descriptively assesses the discipline of physicians by state medical boards, drawing on an extensive nationwide database of sanctions delivered during the period 1994-2002. We identify the frequency and severity of disciplinary actions, the offenses leading to actions, and the degree to which physicians disciplined in the past and subsequently sanctioned again in the future. The most significant finding is that there is a very high degree of recidivism among sanctioned physicians. This suggests that sanctions are targeting low quality physicians but that further effort put toward rehabilitating sanctioned physicians may be warranted.

Keywords: physician discipline, state medical boards

JEL Classification: I18, K23

Suggested Citation

Grant, Darren P. and Alfred, Kelly, Physician Discipline by State Medical Boards: A Nationwide Assessment. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, Vol. 32, No. 5, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1129434

Darren P. Grant (Contact Author)

Sam Houston State University - College of Business Administration - Department of Economics and International Business ( email )

SHSU Box 2118
Huntsville, TX 77341-2118
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936-294-4324 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.shsu.edu/dpg006

Kelly Alfred

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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