Avoiding a bad doctor

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Posted by IWA Webmaster on January 01, 1999 at 19:58:08:

In Reply to: Re: Checking doctors backgrounds posted by LD on November 11, 1998 at 16:03:47:

Here are some questions to ask when choosing a doctor:

1) Has the doctor been disciplined or formally charged with misconduct? You can find out by calling or writing the state medical board.
2) Has your doctor lost hospital priviledges? Ask the doctor.
3) Is the doctor board-certified? Check with the American board of Medical Specialist. Call 1-800-776-2378 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time.
4) Has your doctor's malpractice insurance ever been cancelled? Some state medical boards will tell you when a doctor has had insurance cancelled (but most doctors can get insurance no matter how bad their record).
5) What does the AMA have on file about your doctor? The American Medical Directory, published by the AMA, lists the affilliations of its members. It should be available at your public library. For $60 the AMA will provide biographical information on as many as four physicians. Write AMA, Department of Physician Data Services, Dept. P, 515 N. State St., Chicago, ILL 60610

Also, you can visit http://www.ama-assn.org/ or click the following link to go to the AMA Web site where you can get limited doctor information.

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