As a Missouri and Illinois medical malpractice attorney I was pleased to see Governor Pat Quinn sign into law the Patient Right To Know Act (HB 105) earlier this month. The new law should go a long way to not only improve healthcare, but reduce the injury caused by negligent physicians through medical malpractice.
The new law allows patients to review a searchable database containing information on more than 46,000 licensed and practicing physicians online. The doctor’s profile includes such things as the number of years in practice, hospital where they practice, educational background, Medicaid information and journal articles published. Patients will also be able to view whether or not a doctor has ever been disciplined by any state in the past 5 years.
The online information will also include malpractice settlements or judgments involving the doctor. Similar websites are currently hosted in California, Florida, Idaho, Massachesetts, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington.
The law goes into effect immediately. Doctors have 60 days to review their information before it is posted live on the site.
The bill was passed in the wake of high profile cases recently where dangerous doctors were allowed to continue practicing after repeatedly making harmful mistakes. Without the ability to discover this information, patients were unable to make informed healthcare choices.
The Padberg Corrigan Law Firm applauds all those who were involved in getting this common sense measure enacted into law. If you or a loved one has suffered injury from medical malpractice or negligent healthcare, please contact our office for a free evaluation of your case.