Fed­eral help needed

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

Re: “House panel works on tort re­form,” (Mod­ern­Health­care.com, Feb. 9): There are many as­pects of health­care as it re­lates to physi­cians that are fed­er­ally reg­u­lated. This started with the Flexner re­port in 1910. Look at the FDA and the li­cense for physi­cians to pre­scribe con­trolled sub­stances.

Med­i­cal boards across the nation now co­op­er­ate by re­port­ing to the Na­tional Prac­ti­tioner Data Bank so bad doc­tors can­not hop from one state to the next. With­out li­a­bil­ity re­form, the mald­is­tri­bu­tion of doc­tors will be ex­ac­er­bated with more doc­tors go­ing to states with re­form and noneco­nomic dam­age caps. The states can­not and will not take care of this them­selves. That is why fed­eral re­form is re­quired.

Dr. Alan Er­tle Belle­vue, Wash.

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