The Illinois State Medical Society is supporting a bill that would raise physician license fees 67% to stabilize operations of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation's medical unit.
The unit, which handles doctor discipline and processes medical licenses, has had 18 of its 26 employees reassigned elsewhere because of budget issues that the medical society argues were caused by the state redirecting medical license fees for other purposes. With the reassignment of staff, it was feared that processing of license renewals and applications would be delayed—causing hardship for the 2,500 medical school graduates expected to train at the state's residency programs this year.
Introduced by Rep. Chad Hays, a Republican from Danville in Central Illinois, House Bill 1001 calls for increasing physician fees to $500 for a three-year license (up from $300) and transferring $9.6 million from the state's general fund into the medical disciplinary fund. The ISMS has said the state redirected more than $9 million collected from physician license fees.