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Elizabeth Cooney is a health reporter for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.
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Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Mass. doctors disciplined at rate near national average
By Elizabeth Cooney, Globe Correspondent
Doctors in Massachusetts are disciplined at a rate just under the national average, according to rankings released today.
Roughly 3 Massachusetts physicians out of every 1,000 had their licenses revoked, surrendered, suspended or put on probation, or had their practice restricted between 2004 and 2006, the consumer advocacy group Public Citizen said.
Last year the state board imposed 100 disciplinary measures. In 2005, Massachusetts had 32,512 physicians, including osteopathic physicians, the group said.
That places Massachusetts 30th in the nation, down from 23rd in 2003 and 2004 and 28th in 2005. Alaska had the highest rate, with 7.30 citations per 1,000 physicians, and Mississippi had the lowest, with 1.41.
Their report is based on data from the Federation of State Medical Boards.