The report card for each state contains the scores it received when we evaluated it for how well it protects patients against sexually abusive doctors. The overall rating is the average of the score the state received in each category. In states with two medical boards, one for osteopathic physicians and the other for medical doctors, the overall rating is based on an average of each board’s scores.
Click on the boxes below to read how Illinois did on each category — and how we calculated the score for the categories.
Dr. Charles S. DeHaan
DeHaan was charged in 2014 with sexually assaulting a bedridden patient for years, and prosecutors say he assaulted more than a dozen other elderly or disabled patients of his home-visit business.
According to a news report, a woman he was treating for anxiety disorder alleged that he assaulted her and that she cried during his assaults and pleaded for him to stop, but he told her that no one would believe her because he was a reputable doctor and she had psychiatric issues.
Another patient alleges in a lawsuit that DeHaan manipulated her by threatening to withhold her prescription medicines and have her Social Security revoked.
Complaints and police reports were made as early as 2009, but the state regulatory board didn’t act until January 2014, temporarily suspending his license.
In 2015, more criminal charges were filed involving criminal sexual abuse of patients. DeHaan pleaded guilty in March to federal charges of health care fraud. The sexual assault case is still pending.
Efforts to reach DeHaan for comment have been unsuccessful.
“The sexual assault, itself, was not medical care…”
—The Illinois Supreme Court in a 2011 ruling dismissing a lawsuit against a hospital. A patient said the hospital negligently supervised a doctor who she said committed a deviant act against her while she was hospitalized. The court ruled that she sued too late, rejecting her argument that her case arose out of patient care, which allows for more time to sue.
Illinois doesn’t post board orders online. Instead, the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation provides only short descriptions for actions of the past 10 years. Older information is removed from the website.
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