Online database on Ill. doctors available again

October 19, 2011 1:47:19 PM PDT
Illinois patients once again can use a public website to find out whether their doctors and chiropractors have shady histories.

The Physician Profile became available Wednesday on the website for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. It allows consumers to see whether a doctor has been disciplined in Illinois or in another state.

"Here's an opportunity to use the power of the Internet to provide more information to people on something that's vital to their lives," Gov. Pat Quinn.

The searchable database was taken offline last year when the Illinois Supreme Court declared a medical malpractice reform law unconstitutional. A new law reinstated the database.