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Society: Physician actions as reported unacceptable

Release Date: February 21, 2011
Contact: Lisa Hildebrand - 608.442.3765 lisa.hildebrand@wismed.org

Statement attributable to Timothy Bartholow, MD, Senior Vice President of Member Services, Policy Planning and Physician Professional Development

The Wisconsin Medical Society was notified during the weekend that physicians may have been writing work excuses for people attending rallies at the state Capitol in a manner that is not consistent with acceptable medical practices. If these reports are accurate, the Society does not condone these actions under any circumstances. We are aware that the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board, the entity that licenses and disciplines physicians, has received information about these events.

The physician-patient relationship is a cornerstone for providing high quality health care. Important elements of that relationship, such as conducting proper medical evaluations of patients, should not be taken lightly. We value the trust that patients, employers and the public have placed in physicians, and we hope that these events do not undermine Wisconsin’s history of being a health care leader.

The Society will continue its efforts to maintain the high level of trust that patients, employers and the public expect of our profession. With more than 12,000 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Society takes allegations like these very seriously.