State medical boards took 5,230 disciplinary actions against the nation's physicians in 2003 -- a 7% increase over the previous year, according to the newly released annual report of the Federation of State Medical Boards. Of that number, 4,590 of the actions were "prejudicial," or serious enough to warrant revocation or suspension of a physician's license or a formal reprimand. California, which has the largest number of physicians of any state -- approximately 116,000 -- logged the highest number of actions against doctors, 565, including 203 cases in which licenses or privileges were revoked, suspended, surrendered or voluntarily retired. The federation, which represents 70 state medical boards in the U.S. and its territories, recorded 4,875 total actions against physicians in 2002. -- by Michael Romano
States disciplined 7% more doctors in 2003
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