The Federal Department of Transportation really impresses.
They started to take a ‘tude towards how some physicians did the DOT physicals and filled out the mandatories on the paperwork. Like every other bureaucratically-driven thing, the physicals began to expand into absurd areas not related to driving a big-rig.
The DOT decided they could be a Medical Board, and license physicians, too! The Federal DOT will not permit examinations from non-approved physicians any more.
To be “approved” requires the sending of money to the DOT, and jumping through the required hurdles. The process is a nuisance. The cost is high. This cost is passed onto the consumers, and the providers can be regrettably high-handed.
My patient, for instance, was told that the DOT requires persons with stents to be certified BY CARDIAC CATHETERIZATION to be low-risk. When? EVERY TWO YEARS. Who’s going to pay for these hazardous and expensive interventions? Who’s going to keep a CDL going? Could this be a pinhead provider? Possibly.
Who can be an examiner? The entire rainbow of healthcare providers, including chiropracticals.