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How can a doctor's malpractice history be verified?

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A doctor's malpractice history can be verified from several sources, but in general, the applicable state medical board is the most economical source of information. Other sources of a physician’s malpractice history include the County Clerk's Office and the American Medical Association, according to WebMD.

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State medical boards provide free information about the malpractice history of all doctors who are registered to practice medicine in the state. According to WebMD, the County Clerk's Office is a reliable source of free information about the malpractice claims, lawsuits and judgments filed against a doctor. Several states including Florida, New York, Massachusetts and California have enacted legislation that requires physicians to disclose all information about the outcome of medical malpractice lawsuits filed against them.

Additional information about a doctor's license and specialization is available from medical organizations, such as the American Board of Medical Specialties and the American Board of Internal Medicine. This information can be used in conjunction with public records to compile a comprehensive profile of a doctor's malpractice history. The Federation of State Medical Boards offers a paid service to patients that permits them access to a doctor's educational history, license information, specializations and disciplinary actions against them. Additional information about doctors is also available from county, state and national medical societies.

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