Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Puerto Rico regulations that prohibit physicians from performing cosmetic surgery if they are not trained in that specialty do not violate the U.S. Constitution pursuant to a federal appeals court ruling in Gonzalez-Droz v. Gonzalez-Colon, 1st Cir., No. 10-1881, 9/16/11. According to BNA Reports,
In upholding the regulations, the court found Puerto Rico reasonably determined that a general license to practice medicine was insufficient to ensure patients were not injured and that the regulations were needed to guide and protect patients. Using board certification in dermatology or cosmetic surgery was a reasonable surrogate for classifying those authorized to provide those services, the court said.