Should the US Have a National Medical License?

August 18, 2021

For the sake of physician mobility, the rise of telemedicine, and consistent discipline, "the time is nigh for the federal government to eliminate state medical licensure and replace it with a national medical license for all physicians and healthcare professionals," emergency physician Keith A. Raymond, MD, argues in a Medscape commentary.

"Under a national licensing system, physicians and other healthcare professionals would not only be free to travel anywhere in the United States to practice, they can count on consistent and equal management of their license," Raymond writes. "The federal government can track regional overages and shortages and redirect physicians and other medical professionals with incentives to areas in need."

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