Physician medical licensure is state based for historical and constitutional reasons. It may also provide the best method for guaranteeing patient protection from unqualified, incompetent, impaired, or unprofessional practitioners of medicine. However, a significant cost for physicians practicing telemedicine is having to obtain multiple state medical licenses. There is reasonable likelihood that model legislation for the practice of telemedicine across state boundaries will be passed in the next few years, providing physicians with a simpler process for license reciprocity in multiple states via interstate licensing compacts. Physicians would have to be licensed in the state in which the patient resides. Patient complaints would still be adjudicated by the medical licensing board in the state where the patient resides according applicable state legislation.
- interstate compacts
- medical licensure
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health Informatics
- Health Information Management