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Doctor fee fight forges ahead

Mon, 04 Feb 2013 17:19:30 CST
By: AP

Illinois officials and the physicians they regulate are at odds over how to fairly cover the costs of a unit that investigates complaints against doctors. Officials from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation want the legislature to authorize them to increase doctor licensing fees from $100 to $250 a year. The department also wants a $6.6 million short-term loan. An Illinois House committee isl considering the official's proposal. But, the department faces opposition from doctors. The Illinois State Medical Society is suggesting increasing the fees by $67. The group also wants to transfer $9.6 million in taxpayer money to the fund that pays for unit. License fees haven't increased since 1987. The department eliminated 18 employees last month because of budget constraints.

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