The International Conference on Physician Health, hosted by the American Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Assn. and the British Medical Assn., met recently and declared that there shouldn't be any stigma associated with physician burnout and depression. To promote a healthier climate for physicians, the group recommends a "need for peer support and workplace interventions for impaired physicians". Of course this will lead to more reports to each state board of medicine, and subsequently, more actions taken by those boards (they have a quota to keep). This is turn leads to more doctors having to tell each insurance company about those actions or complaints. The doctor will also have to report those complaints on every application to a new job or new license in another state. Oh, and each state board of medicine will have to publish this information publicly on their websites (they have public pressure on them) which will lead to patients reading about it, which will in turn help them in lawsuits against said doctor or help to kill his or her practice. So, yeah, I don't see any stigma here. Do you?