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Article
March 17, 1989

The New York State Medical Society Impaired Physician Program

JAMA. 1989;261(11):1584. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420110058022
Abstract

To the Editor.—  I write to correct certain errata in the article by Casper et al1 entitled "Establishment of the Colorado Physician Health Program With a Legislative Initiative." The New York State Medical Society Impaired Physician Program has been in existence in its present form for 3 1/2 years, not 19 years as stated in the article. Our program is covered by the Medical Society, is funded through license registration fees, requires a written contract with the impaired physician, and has a full-time staff, with legal counsel and public relations personnel available for advice.In Table 3 of the article by Casper et al, New York's program should be considered as having been in operation only since 1985. We have 425 cases to date and a case/physician/month ratio of 0.0002.

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