Public Cit­i­zen’s games

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

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

Mont­gomery

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