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At long last, a national medical license

At long last, a national medical license

I’ve always been baffled that a doctor has to apply separately for a license in every state. I can understand paying a fee to every state – after all governments are massive kleptocracies.

Finally, at least 15 states are considering a revised draft of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which is an effort to provide physicians a streamlined path to obtaining medical licensure in multiple states.

Plastic Surgery, Gangnam Style

Plastic Surgery, Gangnam Style

We are saddened to learn of another death at a cosmetic surgery clinic in Seoul. According to Korea Bizwire, a South Korean woman in her 50's died on September 27 during abdominal liposuction operation at a cosmetic clinic in the Gangnam district of Seoul.

UK Goes Forward, US Goes Backward in Patient Safety

UK Goes Forward, US Goes Backward in Patient Safety

The California Society of Plastic Surgeons has been valiantly fighting for protections for plastic surgery patients, such as requiring surgery in accredited operating rooms, requiring insurers to cover breast cancer reconstruction, orthodontic treatment for cleft lip children, etc. 

In recent years we have been battling efforts to extend the licenses of relatively untrained personnel to perform more and more treatments with lasers, injections, and so forth.  We even lost a battle to protect patients from dentists doing facelifts.

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