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Compact boosts access to licenses

Nearly a quarter of the states have approved a new compact that makes it easier for doctors to practice across their borders, and more states are considering joining. Read more

Remedies hard to prescribe

Patient advocates say Hawaii needs to take swift action to suspend licenses of doctors who lose privileges in another state. Read more

Policies block out full picture

Dr. Mark Fortune, who had offices in California and Hawaii, was issuing prescriptions to his new patient for powerful painkiller and anti-anxiety pills without examining him, according to California medical board records. Read more

Inaction fails patients

A physician whose medical license was suspended or surrendered for misconduct in five mainland states still practices in Hawaii. Read more

Databases, legal records, websites used to gather details on doctors

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser acquired a database of Hawaii professional and vocational licenses from the state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. The newspaper filtered the database to build a list of physicians and physician assistants licensed in the state. Read more

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