Physician Health Programs: Outrage Over Abuse Increases

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Doctors are coming forward all over the country to tell their stories of abuse by Physician Health Programs, quasi-governmental agencies that were originally intended to provide help to physicians who were suffering from mental illness or substance abuse problems. Unfortunately, these agencies have grown into abusive vehicles run without oversight and with a complete disregard for due process.

These programs were originally intended to provide an avenue for physicians in need of help with mental health problems or substance abuse/addiction.

Although the programs were often initiated with the best of intentions, they are now riddled with corruption and often used by unscrupulous former addicts or felons who identify themselves as “specialists” in addiction medicine. Control of these programs was ceded to private entities formed as nonprofits. In fact, addiction medicine is only a “self-identified medical specialty.” ABMS certification became a pathway for disgraced doctors to find a new career in…

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