A big layoff is likely to mean big delays in licensing and investigating Illinois doctors. Sue Hofer, spokeswoman for the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, says the department’s medical fund is dry, and 18 people will lose their jobs.

Hofer says this is a problem on more than one level: information the public seeks about doctors’ records will not be up to date, and the delay in licensing new doctors could be so great as to interrupt their training and stop the annual July 1 flow of new residents into the state’s teaching hospitals.

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Hofer says lawmakers, who return to Springfield the first week of January, should consider raising the license fee.“Doctors have been paying $100 a year for their licenses since 1987,” says Hofer. “Since 1987, inflation has approximately doubled.”

It’s the fees, and not the state’s general revenue fund, which fund the department.

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