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When is a doctor too old to practice safely? That depends, says Dr. William Norcross, who founded a national doctors' remedial education center and now advocates for regular testing of aging doctors for cognitive problems like dementia.

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The story about a potential hike malpractice premiums was prompted by a doctor's phone call. I hadn't heard about it because the discussions had been taking place in connection with the local hospital negotiating a contract with emergency physicians, and those discussions take place behind closed doors.

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Health care reform law will increase demand, but low salaries are discouraging young doctors from entering primary care.

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Should the California Medical Board make a public case for more money? Yes, William Heisel says, noting that it costs doctors more to protect the few bad doctors in their midst from punishment than it does to help maintain the state’s system of medical rules and guidelines.

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If the ProPublica experiment with nonprofit investigative journalism is teaching us anything, it is the importance of follow-through.

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Dr. Rosemarie M. Johnson is the board secretary for the Alliance Healthcare Foundation. She was a commissioner for the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission, a binational organization working to optimize health and quality of life along the U.S.-Mexico border. Johnson is a practicing anesthesiologist and a visiting associate clinical professor in UC San Diego School of Medicine's anesthesiology department. She has worked for the Anesthesia Service Medical Group, Scripps Green Hospital and Scripps Clinic in La Jolla.

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