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What doctors need to know about physician health programs

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What doctors need to know about physician health programs

“Change is overdue. Physicians who need help for mental health issues or substance use disorders need to get it in a manner that is free of financial and other conflicts…
July 1, 2022

What doctors need to know about physician health programs

“Change is overdue. Physicians who need help for mental health issues or substance use disorders need to get it in a manner that is free of financial and other conflicts of interest. They need to be able to go to academic centers and/or the best clinicians possible and get unbiased opinions and advice.

Boards of medicine need to stop giving PHPs carte blanche to dictate what physicians need if there is suspicion of a substance use disorder.

Every physician in the U.S.—and, in fact, every patient—ought to join in calling for fairness and transparency in PHP recommendations. Until there is a groundswell of opposition against standard practices, physicians will continue to get extorted, and they and their patients will continue to suffer.”

J. Wesley Boyd is a psychiatrist.

He shares his story and discusses his KevinMD article, “The extortion of physicians: If doctors don’t pay up they don’t work.”

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