Medical Board of California
Headquarters in Sacramento
|Parent department||California Department of Consumer Affairs|
The Medical Board of California (MBC) is a state government agency which licenses and disciplines physicians, surgeons and certain allied healthcare professions in California. The Board provides two principal types of services to consumers: (1) public-record information about California-licensed physicians, and (2) investigation of complaints against physicians.
The Board is part of the California Department of Consumer Affairs and has headquarters in Sacramento. It has an annual budget of $52 million. It is the oldest component of DCA, dating back to the 1878 revision of the Medical Practice Act of 1876.
Current board membership is 15: 8 physicians, 5 public members appointed by the Governor, 1 public member appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly, and 1 public member appointed by the Senate Rules Committee.
The board currently has 125,612 physician licenses in effect, and issued 4,787 new physician licenses in 2008.
In 2008, the board received 6,839 complaints and opened 1,133 investigations. The outcome in 2008 was 32 license revocations, 70 license surrenders, 14 probations with suspension, 91 probations, 87 public reprimands, and 29 criminal referrals.