Doctor database gets reprieve in NY budget

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A state database of information about doctors’ credentials and malpractice history will live to see another day.

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An agreement late Sunday on a new state budget includes a reprieve for NYDoctorProfile.com, a website that allows the public to look up licensed doctors and learn about their education and any legal actions taken against them.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $142 billion budget proposal in January would have rescinded the law requiring the state to maintain the database, claiming it would save about $1.2 million a year and that much of the information is available on private websites. Patient advocates spoke out against the proposal, arguing it would take away a useful tool for the general public.

As part of a budget bill printed Monday morning, the database would be continued with funding made available through March 31, 2017.

Blair Horner, legislative director for the New York Public Interest Research Group, said his organization was pleased the database will continue on.

“What we’re hoping is that this opens up a conversation on how to make the law better,” Horner said. “The system has been in place for 15 years. Now is a good time to see how we can make the program better going forward.”

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