What kinds of activities can be "unauthorized practice of medicine" in California?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Jun 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

The answer is: more than we can list here, and probably more than you think.

Business & Professions Code 2052 makes it a crime to practice medicine without a license in California. But this law covers far more territory than just doing a doctor's or nurse's job without the proper professional license.

For example, California "unauthorized practice of medicine" charges could be brought against you if you offer any of the following services without a license:

  • Hypnosis for treatment of physical or mental conditions like obesity or insomnia,
  • Acupuncture, and
  • California medical marijuana consultations.

In addition, it is a violation of California's unauthorized practice of medicine laws to own or otherwise get a share of profits from a medical practice, if you are not a licensed medical professional. (For information on assisted suicide, read our article, "Can I assist my parents in ending their lives under California law?"

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Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.


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