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Review of Legal Issues Concerning Florida Board of Medicine Disciplinary Practices , Report No. 95-49, April 1996
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  • The Board does not demonstrate a pattern of modifying hearing officers' Recommended Orders to impose stricter sanctions against foreign-trained physicians.
  • The Board's responsibility is to regulate and discipline physicians, while the court's responsibility is to compensate injured parties; therefore, actions taken by the Board and the courts should be expected to compliment but not necessarily parallel each other.
  • The public disclosure policy defined by statute for the Board of Medicine provides consumers with reliable information and protects physicians from unsubstantiated complaints that could diminish their professional reputations. More than 90% of all complaints are medically or legally insufficient.

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