In January of this year, the Mininno Law Office Blog posted about an act in Illinois government, passed by the House of Representatives and awaiting Senate approval, that would make available background information on medical providers throughout the state. On August 10th, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the Patients’ Right to Know Act. This law will allow patients full access to the history of doctors and specialists, providing knowledge of medical malpractice lawsuits and/or payouts that the doctor has been involved in. More informed decisions can be made, and it can also be argued that the availablity of this information will force physicians to provide better care to patients in order to remain in business. The public release of this information could do far more damage to a negligent doctor’s practice than word of mouth ever could.
Patients Will Now Have Access to Crucial Information
The doctors have been provided a sixty day window to edit and review their online profiles before they become accessible to the public. If doctors provide false information, and mislead potential healthcare consumers, lawyers believe that they will be subject to different forms of discipline. Other information that will be included in these profiles includes the medical schools they attended, specialty board certification, number of years in practice, location of practice, and whether or not the doctor participates in Medicaid.
While passage of the law might be a large step for patients in Illinois, is it really a win? With the ability to edit their profiles, will doctors really be providing all of the information patients would want to see? It might be slightly naive to believe that patients will now be fully informed before they select a doctor or physician. Medical malpractice attorneys believe that allowing patients to see if a doctor has been making malpractice payments in recent years will shed light on the diligence and professionalism of physicians before they are chosen. But whether or not this law will allow for that has yet to be seen.
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