Recently, there have been a rash of proclamations by unaccountable non-profit physician credentialing organizations (Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), the American Boards of Internal Medicine (ABIM) , Family Medicine and Pediatrics), and the American Medical Association to come to the public’s rescue by de-credentialing U.S. physicians they accuse of spreading misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Physicians have seen this medical monopoly-building playbook before.
The video below reviews the antitrust, monopoly-making activities of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). The discrediting of certain U.S. physicians as “cheaters” and disseminators of “disinformation” serve as smokescreens to their monopoly-building activities using working physicians’ fees. As physicians worked tirelessly to care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, the ABIM redistributed physician testing fees for their “social justice” initiatives, most significant of which was lobbing Congress so their separate Maintenance of Certification (MOC) continuous testing product would be a never-ending source of revenue and data metrics used by the Medical Industrial Complex. Sadly, this unilaterally-imposed life-long busy-work mandate on younger, more vulnerable ABMS-board certified US physicians has harmed hundreds of physicians and tens of thousands of patients as physicians burn out and leave the profession.
For all patients who wonder why health care prices are so high and access to a board-certified physician has become so difficult at large academic institutions, look no further than the organizations above.