Secrecy Is Not Good Business
August 25, 2010
Now why would the State regulatory body disallow the public access to this powerful information where information about hospitals and medical personnel can be found by consumers? This just does not make sense to me!
Illinois once provided the public with detailed histories of the states doctors — including whether the physician was convicted of a crime, fired by a hospital or forced to make a medical malpractice payment within the previous five years.Judging from online traffic, there was great hunger for that information: During the two years that they were posted, the physician profiles generated 130,000 clicks per week.But access to the profiles came to a screeching halt in February, when the state Department of Financial and Professional Regulation removed them from its Web site and placed them under lock and key — the latest chapter in a long political battle that has pitted patients advocates against the states medical lobby.Now the only information available to the public is whether the regulatory agency has disciplined the doctor.