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... complete BS. If a physician is impaired, the state medical board is notified and that is that. There is a mechanism to address this....

Not necessarily. This person has checked himself into rehab several times. While their might be a system in place, no one has ever followed through with it. Possibly because this person was in a small town hospital and was "needed". Plenty of people look the other way in small towns.

Ironically, during re-credentialling for state licensure and hospital privileges, there is the obligatory questions about impairment, etc., etc. My friend was able to pull those records. This person lied by checking "no". What is even more ironic, the lawyers involved say this is not enough reason to fire the person. WTF? Everyone is afraid of a lawsuit instead of patient safety.

While addiction is certainly an illness and may be a "disability", I have never seen anyone receive benefits for this other than rehab if stipulated in their insurance policy.

Instead of being able to fire this person, they'd more than likely have to buy them out of their contract. Like a football coach that's fired before the contract is over, you have to pay them even when they're out the door.

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