Thanks to confidentiality clauses of rehab programs, many surgeons are able to keep their addictions hidden from the public. This has led to many cases of botched up plastic surgery procedures for which patients have to pay a heavy price. This policy has led to widespread criticism after cases of many surgical procedures that went wrong came to light and after California's medical board abolished such programs.

Highlights of the controversy
a. Almost all US states have confidential rehab programs.
b. These programs allow doctors to continue their practice provided they stick to the treatment regimen.
c. According to estimates, almost 8,000 doctors may be in such programs.
d. Such programs allow doctors to keep their addictions hidden from their patients.
e. Unsuspecting patients find out about their doctor's addictions only when it is too late.
f. This policy is supported by the American Medical Association.