One of the ironies of being an American is it can be easier to find information about a dishwasher that to find information about a doctor. By signing HB 105, Governor Quinn will take a significant step towards addressing this irony. As most of you know, HB 105 restores a program, the Physician Profile that the Department launched in 2008 but took down in 2010 as a result of an Illinois Supreme Court decision.
The Physician Profile, which will be accessible via the Department’s website at idfpr.com, contains a variety of information about licensed doctors in Illinois including types of insurance accepted, discipline received, criminal convictions, and malpractice judgments and settlements.
Once Governor Quinn signs HB 105, the Department will begin sending notices to licensed doctors inviting them to login to the site to update the information on their page. HB 105 requires that the Department give doctors 60 days to correct their profile. After that 60-period expires, the site will go live.
When the Physicians Profile was live, it was extremely popular. At the time that the Physician Profile was taken down, it was averaging over 150,000 hits per week by over 42,000 unique visitors. It is clear that Illinoisans are craving this information. And they should. Everyone is entitled to provide informed consent to medical treatment – not just informed as to the procedure or medication, but informed as to who is recommending that course of treatment.
I want to thank the Governor for taking steps, yet again, to empower everyday people -- to better equip them to survive and thrive in today’s world. Finally, I would like to offer my thanks to the champion of the Physician Profile, Rep. Mary Flowers. I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with her in prior years, and it is an honor to stand with her today.
The Governor's press release is available at the link below.