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Thu Nov 4, 2021, 01:46 PM

A doctor spread COVID misinformation and renewed her license with a mouse click

For much of the pandemic, Dr. Lee Merritt has appeared on talk shows and in lecture halls to spread false information about COVID-19.

Among her claims: that the SARS-CoV2 virus is a genetically engineered bioweapon (the U.S. intelligence community says it's not). And that vaccination dramatically increases the risk of death from COVID (data show an enormous drop in risk for those who take the vaccine). The entire pandemic, she says in public lectures, is a vast global conspiracy to exert social control.

And yet, in October, she was able to renew her medical license in the state of Nebraska. Documents obtained through a public records request by NPR showed it took just a few clicks: 12 yes-or-no questions answered online allowed her to extend her license for another year.

Critics say that Merritt's renewal is another example of how the nation's state medical boards are failing to protect the public from a small minority of doctors spreading COVID falsehoods.

"State medical boards, for the main part, have been cozy clubs of people who feel their job is to protect the profession," says Imran Ahmed, the CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a group that tracks vaccine misinformation online.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/11/04/1051873608/a-doctor-spread-covid-misinformation-and-renewed-her-license-with-a-mouse-click
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Also how the drug pushers get away with it....and move from state to state before they're caught.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Thu Nov 4, 2021, 01:52 PM

1. Most of the time that's how professional licenses are renewed.

Unless there's some disciplinary action pending you just fill in a form and (usually) send the licensing agency a fee and in some cases proof that you attended continuing ed classes. That's just an administrative function having nothing to do with whether you should be practicing in your regulated field; you stay on the roster as long as you've registered, attended the classes and sent in the fee. The state can't deny a renewal just because the person is a loon unless they also have been disciplined or struck off for professional misconduct.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 4, 2021, 01:58 PM

2. TY for the info

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Thu Nov 4, 2021, 02:09 PM

3. Look up a doctor

by the name of John Hancock. (No shit, that's his real name!) I knew this dude and actually worked with him for awhile. He moved from one state to another before eventually being caught in Texas and charged as part of an interstate drug ring.

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