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Arafiles update

I'd previously complained that the Texas Medical Board only slapped Dr. Rolando Arafiles on the wrist with a $5000 fine after he brought false criminal charges against nurses that had dared to report on his questionable medical practices. AP is reporting that Arafiles will surrender his Texas license—but that is concurrent with his guilty plea to criminal charges stemming from the incident. Earlier.

Of course, effective discipline by medical licensing boards is a necessary prerequisite of effective medical-malpractice tort reform. If the medical boards aren't going to pull the plug on bad doctors, trial lawyers have a point that there needs to be a remedy in the civil tort system. Given that medical boards will do a much better job of sussing out bad medical behavior than the randomness of a civil justice system that judges largely on hindsight, that is certainly the preferable alternative.

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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