The Wisconsin state medical board is facing criticism that the state fails to discipline doctors who make mistakes, according to a special report by the Wisconsin State Journal.
Wisconsin has one of the lowest rates of physician discipline, with the other low discipline states being Minnesota, South Carolina, Massachusetts and Connecticut, according to Public Citizen data analyzed by the Wisconsin State Journal. Wisconsin has 1.9 actions per 1,000 physicians.
Although the low rate could signal better care in the state, as the board noted, the watchdog group says it’s more likely due to poor disciplinary action. Doctors who make mistakes often don’t face serious consequences. More than half of 218 doctors disciplined from 2010 to 2012 only got reprimands. More than 50 of those cases involved patient harm or death, the newspaper noted.
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