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California Voters to Consider Random Drug Testing for Doctors — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
August 4, 2014

California Voters to Consider Random Drug Testing for Doctors

By Kelly Young

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and André Sofair, MD, MPH

California physicians could be subject to random drug testing if a larger ballot initiative passes in the state's November elections, the New York Times reports.

If voters approve the measure, drug test results would be sent to the California Medical Board, and healthcare facilities would be mandated to report physicians they suspect of drug and alcohol abuse.

The drug-testing provision is bundled into Proposition 46, which would also increase the state's financial limit on pain and suffering awards in medical malpractice cases from $250,000 to $1.1 million.

Dr. Richard Thorp, president of the California Medical Association, told the Times that the ballot initiative was a "money grab by trial lawyers." He added, "The decision about drug and alcohol testing shouldn’t be made by political consultants — it should be made by stakeholders in a careful, thoughtful way."

Reader Comments (3)

Brian Crownover, MD Physician, Family Medicine/General Practice, Idaho

Yet another reason to pile on the others for why I left my native state of CA. Might give it some credence if the trail lawyers ALSO wrote in for themselves to be drug tested.

rhob detje, MD Physician, Cardiology, home

we should test all who are in the public trust. rlso

DAVID GREEN MD Physician, Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine, COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER

So, that should include all politicians & other public servants/stewards too!!!

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