How Do You Find a Physician's License?


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Physicians are licensed through a licensing board associated with the state in which they practice, and individuals can contact the entities to determine if a physician holds a medical license in that state, according to the American Medical Association. They also may furnish additional information regarding the physicians they license.

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The American Medical Association offers an online list of state medical licensing agencies and a link to the websites associated with each agency. An agency's website may also feature a search function that allows users to enter a physicians name, address or other information to determine if he holds a medical license, explains the AMA. Idaho's license verification website offers this feature. However, in some circumstances, a state's website may only present limited information regarding the physicians it has licensed. In these instances, consumers should contact the state's licensing board directly to determine if specific information relating to a physician is available to the public upon request, according to an interview and article published in the Washington Post in 2014.

Websites such as Dollars For Doctors and Healthgrades offer additional information for those conducting research on a particular physician. Healthgrades, for example, offers information on lawsuit settlements associated with a physician.

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