March 28, 2011

The Medical Board of California is a state government agency that licenses and disciplines medical doctors and investigates complaints against physicians in California (not just medical malpractice complaints but other complaints as well).

Based on the records maintained by the Board, complaints against California physicians to the Board have generally been declining over the past 10 years (from 10,445 complaints during fiscal year 1999-2000 to 6,539 in fiscal year 2009-2010). The average time to investigate complaints made to the Board increased from 206 days in fiscal year 1999-2000 to 328 days in fiscal year 2009-2010. The total license suspension orders while administrative actions were pending remained relatively consistent for the same period (44 in fiscal year 1999-2000 and 50 in fiscal year 2009-2010). The total number of in-state physicians and surgeons licensed in California during fiscal year 2008-2009 was reported to be 99,900 (the number of in-state licensed physicians and surgeons in California has increased in each of the last 10 years).

The total disciplinary actions taken by the Board during fiscal year 2009-2010 was 349 (of which 167 were due to negligence), which represented an increase from the previous fiscal year.

Source: Medical Board of California

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