Oppose Overly Punitive Medical Licensing Bill

Testimony by David Teuscher, MD

HB 2747 – Zedler
House Public Health Committee

Opposed

 

Mister Chairman, members, I am Dr. David Teuscher of Bastrop. I practiced orthopaedic surgery in Beaumont for a number of years. I am past president of the American Orthopaedic Association and a past member of the Texas Medical Association Board of Trustees.

On behalf of TMA and our more than 50,000 physician and medical student members, I am testifying in opposition to HB 2747.

As filed, this bill would prevent the licensure of any physician who “has been subject to disciplinary action with respect to a medical license by any licensing entity in the five years preceding the date of application.”

If enacted, this provision would disqualify ANY physician for medical licensure if they were subject to ANY disciplinary action with respect to a medical license by ANY licensing  entity in five years preceding application. 

This broad language does not differentiate between a minor administrative action or a major breach in standard of care or quality of care issues. 

On both counts, the current law and rules seem more than adequate to protect the public’s interest, patient safety, and fairness to physicians applying for a Texas medical license.

Because of the punitive nature of the proposal and the very broad regulatory paint it would brush, we ask that you not support HB 2747.

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Last Updated On

April 27, 2018

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