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If I had a million dollars…

May 8, 2015

I haven’t had much to say on this blog recently, largely because nothing in the news has irritated me enough to employ my (arguably) formidable powers of ridicule.  Then my husband saved the day by bringing home a letter.  It reads, in part:

I am writing to inform you that Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 112, section 8 requires all fully licensed Physicians who practice in Boston to register with the Office of the City Clerk.  The City of Boston Code, Chapter 18, section 1-16 (22) establishes a fee of $100 for a submission in compliance with this state law.

There follows an official-looking form with a whole bunch of “herewith”s and “tendered”s, to be signed (with check or money order payable to The Office of The City Clerk) by the physician and the Clerk of the City of Boston.

Of course, all physicians in Boston are already registered.  By the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine.  Apparently Boston has just seceded from Massachusetts and the news hasn’t made The Globe yet.  Or the Board has lost the $500 checks from all the physicians in Massachusetts last year and can’t afford a computer system, in which it would be easy to type in “Boston” and get a list of all the physicians who practice in Boston.  There’s 31,000 doctors in Massachusetts according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.  Should be enough for a decent used Dell or something.  Strangely, a quick Google search doesn’t reveal the number of doctors in Boston, but if you assume a third of the total number, that’s about 10,000 doctors.

I’m looking around the city for some big expensive public works project that costs a million dollars, or some official whose salary just added a couple of digits.

Oh, wait.  Boston 2024?


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  1. Patricia permalink

    Thank you for making me smile this Friday morning. Ironically, the physician has to present her $500 state – er – commonwealth registration to the city of Boston for the privilege of paying an additional $100 for the honor of working in Boston.

    And just so you know, the MA Board has exactly the type of search system that you described — and you can do it yourself from the comfort of home. Simply go to the Board’s website, go to Physician Profiles, and when you (eventually – not the most user friendly site) find the search criteria, simply type in Boston. You will get a list of all physicians who list “Boston” on their registrations as their worksite.


    • Patricia – I’m sure the MA Board is fully capable of providing the appropriate information to the City Clerk. But where would be the fun in that?

  2. propofologist permalink

    Of course, they could just raid the money physicians paid into a malpractice trust fund, like Ed Rendell did in PA (
    I *think* we’re getting some of that money back after winning a court case…..

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