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Doctors are disciplined slightly more than last year, still not enough

Public Citizen released this morning its annual ranking of state medical boards. Although this year’s rate of disciplining doctors was slightly higher than last year’s, it was still 18 percent lower than the peak rate of five years ago.

Medical boards in the top states do a better job protecting patients than those in the bottom.  Spoiler alert: For the first time since Public Citizen began this analysis, Massachusetts fell into the bottom 10 states for disciplined doctors.

Top 10 states (in order):

  • Alaska
  • North Dakota
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio
  • Arizona
  • Oklahoma
  • Colorado
  • Louisiana
  • New Mexico
  • Hawaii

Bottom 10:

  • Minnesota
  • South Carolina
  • Wisconsin
  • New Hampshire
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • Florida
  • Maryland
  • Vermont