The 2021 New Jersey Healthcare Transparency Act was signed into law with the purpose to increase public awareness of the training, education and titles of healthcare professionals providing patient care and eliminate confusion often experienced by patients when receiving health care.
There is an increasing number of non-physician health care providers who use the title “doctor.” While they may have an academic doctoral degree it does cause further confusion for patients as they navigate our health care delivery system.
While these health care providers are educated at the highest level of their profession and valued in our health care delivery system, they are not physicians and are not licensed to practice medicine. The only doctor licensed to practice medicine is your physician, who has completed medical school with a doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathy (MD/DO) and a medical residency.
To help patients navigate these many titles, the Health Care Transparency law makes it easier for patients to know if their doctor is a physician or other health care provider by: