Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Illinois Doctor Info to Go Public

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

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys illinois doctor info goes publicThe 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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Illinois Takes Big Step to Prevent Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice attorneys are happy to hear about new steps being taken in Illinois to help prevent medical malpractice.
The Patients’ Right to Know Act was just passed by the Illinois House of Representatives and is currently awaiting Senate approval. The act, which would be a wonderful addition to all state legislation, would make available medical practitioner histories to past, current, and possible future patients. The histories would include firings, criminal convictions, and medical malpractice

Medical Malpractice and Doctor Profiles

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers pursuit full disclosure doctor historiesMany argue that making this information available is unfair to medical providers, but in actuality, it’s keeping this information from unsuspecting patients that is unfair. Choosing a doctor, in some cases, can be a life and death situation. It is more fair to leave up to the patient’s discretion whether or not they will let that doctor provide them treatment, having already been informed about any malpractice or legal trouble that doctor has been in.

Patients in Illinois already know how valuable the information is, as these history profiles were available once before when the Illinois Supreme Court released them at the same time that they capped medical malpractice payments. But when the caps were declared unconstitutional, doctors saw to it that the profiles were prohibited from public consumption. The profiles, while they were available, earned about 130,000 clicks a week.

The Illinois State Medical Society is currently doing everything in it’s power to keep the Patients’ Right to Know Act from becoming law. They have been successful in thwarting past efforts to do similar things. Hopefully this time around, patient advocacy will triumph.

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