2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
June 10, 2003 - Introduced by Representatives Albers, Seratti and Van Roy,
cosponsored by Senator Schultz. Referred to Committee on Health.
1An Act to amend
448.06 (2); and to create
448.015 (1c), 448.02 (3) (am) and 2
448.02 (3) (i) of the statutes; relating to: chelation therapy.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Medical Examining Board licenses physicians to
practice, investigates allegations of malpractice or unprofessional behavior by a
physician, and imposes discipline on a physician who commits malpractice or acts
This bill permits a physician to practice chelation therapy. Chelation therapy
is a medical treatment in which a chemical is introduced into a patient's body for the
purpose of binding and either removing or rearranging metallic elements. Under the
bill, the Medical Examining Board may not deny a license, investigate, or take
disciplinary action against a physician solely because he or she practices, or wishes
to practice, chelation therapy.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB397, s. 1
448.015 (1c) of the statutes is created to read:
"Chelation therapy" means a medical treatment in which a 5
chemical is introduced into the body for the purpose of binding, and removing or 6
rearranging, metallic elements in the body.
AB397, s. 2
448.02 (3) (am) of the statutes is created to read:
(am) If the board receives an allegation of unprofessional conduct 3
or negligence involving the practice of chelation therapy, the board shall consult, as 4
part of its investigation under par. (a), with at least one physical who devotes a 5
significant portion of his or her practice to chelation therapy.
AB397, s. 3
448.02 (3) (i) of the statutes is created to read:
(i) The board may not investigate or take disciplinary action against 8
a physician solely because the physician practices, attempts to practice, proposes to 9
practice, or holds himself or herself out to the public as one who practices, chelation 10
AB397, s. 4
448.06 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
448.06 (2) Denial of license or certificate.
The board may deny an 13
application for any class of license or certificate and refuse to grant such license or 14
certificate on the basis of unprofessional conduct on the part of the applicant, failure 15
to possess the education and training required for that class of license or certificate 16
for which application is made, or failure to achieve a passing grade in the required 17
examinations. The board may not deny an application for a physician's license and
18may not refuse to grant a physician's license solely because the applicant practices,
19attempts to practice, proposes to practice, or holds himself or herself out to the public
20as one who practices, chelation therapy.
(1) The medical examining board may not investigate or take disciplinary 23
action against a physician solely because the physician practices, attempts to
practice, proposes to practice, or holds himself or herself out to the public as one who 2
practices, chelation therapy before the effective date of this subsection.