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Doctors Without State Borders: Practicing Across State Lines
The Health Care Blog

In the United States, a tangled web of federal and state regulations controls physician licensing. Although federal standards govern medical training and testing, each state has its own licensing board, and doctors must procure a license for every state in which they practice medicine (with some limited exceptions for physicians from bordering states, for consultations, and during emergencies). This bifurcated system makes it difficult for physicians to care for patients in other states, and in particular impedes the practice of telemedicine.

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