As you correctly noted in "Public may gain access to doc data" (Aug. 28, p. 8), we support public access to the National Practitioner Data Bank. But I am realist enough to know that at this late date in the congressional cycle, no law opening the databank will be enacted.
Isn't it amazing that, thanks to the Human Genome Project, consumers soon will know more about their doctors' genetic shortfalls than about their competence to practice medicine? It's time that trade groups like the American Hospital and American Medical associations recognize that Americans have the right to know the disciplinary actions taken and medical malpractice judgments made against the practitioners we license.
People's Medical Society