Illinois restores doctors rating website

October 19, 2011

Associated Press

A website providing information on doctors who've been disciplined or found guilty of malpractice is back on line in Illinois.

Illinois patients once again can use a public website to find out whether their doctors and chiropractors have shady histories.

The Physician Profile became available Wednesday on the website for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

It allows consumers to check out their doctors by accessing information about malpractice cases, discipline and other details, including education and board certification. Malpractice judgments and settlements going back five years are posted.

Quinn called the Physician Profile "electronic democracy at its very best," durng an event at the University of Illinois Medical Center on Wednesday to unveil the database.

The searchable database went back online Wednesday at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation's website. It was taken offline last year when a medical malpractice reform law was struck down as unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court.

A new law reinstated the database and gave doctors 60 days to review the information before the site went live. That review period has passed, allowing the comeback.

The website drew more than 150,000 hits weekly before it went dark in 2010.