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License fee dollars steered to general treasury contribute to lax discipline, says advocacy group

In its annual ranking of state medical boards by their rate of serious disciplinary actions, the Public Citizen Health Research Group this year said that many boards continued to do "a dangerously lax job" of protecting the public from incompetent, impaired, or unethical physicians. And in many states where medical boards fail to discipline or revoke the licenses of physicians with documented serious issues, lack of funding due to physicians' license fees going into state general coffers is one contributing factor, says Sidney Wolfe, founder and senior advisor to the Health Research Group.

Wolfe cites Georgia as a case in . . .

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