After investigations determined that a California state program implemented to help doctors struggling with addiction failed to protect patients and hold doctors responsible, it was shut down. Now the state of California and advocates for a re-launch of the program are debating its uncertain future. Advocates, such as the California Medical Board, champion the cause of providing help to addicted doctors, but insist that the program be run by a different entity than before. Opponents fear that the hundreds of thousands of dollars levied from doctor’s license fees will go to waste on another failing program.
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