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How do you file a complaint against your medical doctor?

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A patient can file a complaint against a doctor or physician by contacting the medical group or hospital to officially lodge a complaint with a supervisor, according to the American Medical Association. Complaints against medical doctors can also be filed with the state's medical society or licensing board.

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The patient should file paperwork with the medical group or hospital explaining concerns, dates of events and specific conversations or actions that led to the complaint. Many medical offices and hospitals have a system in place for patients to provide input, feedback and file grievances, according to the American Medical Association.

If the situation is not resolved through the medical facility, patients can call their state's medical society or licensing board or fill out a grievance or complaint form online, according to the American Medical Association.

Each state's medical board is responsible for fielding complaints or concerns about licensed physicians and surgeons, midwives, psychoanalysts, technicians, opticians and medical supply personnel, according to the Medical Board of California. State medical boards investigate allegations that violate the laws within the medical board's jurisdiction. For example, complaints regarding misdiagnosis, delay in treatments, negligent treatment, sexual misconduct, drug, alcohol, mental and physical impairment and unprofessional conduct violate the laws of the state medical boards. Violations within the office practices such as failure to provide medical records, breaches of confidence and record alterations also fall under the medical board's jurisdiction.

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