Public Citizen’s games
Re: “Some states taking medical board cash,” Modernphysician.com, Feb. 24: I am always amazed with the credibility Public Citizen has in Washington. The organization sends each state licensure jurisdiction lengthy surveys, requiring lots of research on the part of the agencies and then finds what they want to sensationalize this year.
All they have to do then is compile the research provided by the licensure agencies into a book and call a news conference to announce the latest horrible example of how the “public” is being failed by the medical boards. After a great reception and media distribution of the latest sensation, Public Citizen starts selling another book. Pretty good way to raise funds. Get the topic researched for free, get the topic sensationalized by the ever-ready media and make a profit on the latest book. Oh, and if you can get some more ever-ready politicians to pick up the banner, you are going to continue to get media coverage.
I wonder why we, the state medical boards, even respond to their surveys. Is there some law that requires us to research material for their books?
I’m going to start telling Dr. Sidney Wolfe he is more than welcome to the information. All he has to do is come to Alabama and I’ll show him the files to research. I wonder if we all made them research their own information how long it would take for Public Citizen to find another gimmick.
Larry Dixon Executive director Alabama Board of Medical Examiners