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Patients should be told when their doctors are bad
Contra Costa Times

The principle of caveat emptor might be appropriate for purchasing a used car, but it doesn’t make sense when selecting a physician. Patients deserve to know in advance when their doctors are lemons.

That’s why a disclosure proposal from Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, is a no-brainer. The Medical Board of California, meeting Friday in San Diego, should require that physicians reveal their probationary status to patients.