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Patient-molesting doctor will have to pay state costs for discipline


MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A state appeals court says a Madison doctor accused of fondling female patients must pay for the costs of disciplining him. The state Medical Examining suspended former U-W Hospital physician Frank Salvi for 90 days in 2009. He was also told to get a mental evaluation, and pay almost $47,000 for the state's costs of pursuing his case.

Salvi said he shouldn't have to pay that. He claimed that the state's estimates of the time-and-costs spent on the case were not valid, because they reflected "information and belief" instead of personal knowledge. The Fourth District Court of Appeals refused to buy that line of reasoning. It said yesterday that both the administrative law judge and the prosecuting attorney had personal knowledge of the time spent on the case.

Salvi was accused of fondling four female patients in 2004-and-'05. He challenged the state's punishment in court, and the appellate court later upheld it.