Patient Right to Know Act

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

Illinois patients once again can use a public website to find out whether their doctors and chiropractors have shady histories.

The Physician Profile became available Wednesday on the website for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

It allows consumers to see whether a doctor has been disciplined in Illinois or in another state. Malpractice judgments and settlements going back five years are posted.

(via Flickr/jglazer75)

Patients will be able go online to look up information on Illinois doctors, including judgments and settlements in malpractice lawsuits, because of a law signed Tuesday.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed the Patient Right to Know Act in Chicago with other health legislation.