Where to complain to the state about a Doctor

Can anybody tell me where to call or write to complain about a Doctor? I was lured into Dr.Boike's office, the receptionist told me that he accepted United Health Care Insureance.Well he had been terminated 7 months before.I was issued a $200.00 bill.

first place to start is your

first place to start is your state medical board if in U.S. they can at least steer you in the right place.

Most med boards are less than

Most med boards are less than perfect and sometimes getting their attention requires an actual crime. Either that or passing out on the job with a needle in their arm will often at least slow them up.

Perhaps it would be an idea

Perhaps it would be an idea to add state Med boards to the RMD site
Why not with a "rating" for its effectiveness and cooperation with the general public?

All Med Boards would be on alert that people have the right to rate their service as well as any other service

For example: Calif Med Board is less than caring about what drs. do to their patients after a certain time frame.
In fact if you discover a malpractice type of conduct say, 3 years after treatment, the board will NOT even consider investigation due to time passed.
[told this by an administrator when I called]
My response was - so if I have proof to support unnecessary surgery but didn't find out until 3 years later - does the dr. gets a "pass" on it?
The answer?
YES

Great idea Imalert! John - If

Great idea Imalert!

John - If you do this, please add the Colleges in Canada.

We have an article about this

We have an article about this subject here:

http://www.ratemds.com/file-doctor-complaint.jsp

This weblink has incorrect

This weblink has incorrect information.

In particular, it states the following :

"The American Iatrogenic Association has graciously allowed us to reprint their article on filing doctor complaints with state/province medical boards. Please keep in mind that state medical boards (in Canada they are known as "Colleges of Physicians") deal almost exclusively in unethical or illegal actions, so they will ignore complaints regarding topics such as customer service, rudeness, and long wait times, to name just a few. If you are going to file a complaint with your state or province medical board, we urge you to also rate your doctor here on RateMDs.com. Rating your doctor on RateMDs.com insures your complaint will be seen by others, which is generally not the case for complaints filed with state or provincial medical boards."

The College of Physicians and Surgeons ( of Ontario) actually investigates ALL complaints made by patients.

If a physician has deemed to be seen as behaving disgracefully, dishonorably, or unprofessionally: then they are disciplined accordingly.

I should note that doctors have been disciplined for:

1. Being rude, having a dog in the office and failing to fax medications to pharmacies in a timely fashion.

2. Writing inappropriate ( and rude ) statements on worker's compensation paperwork.

3. Gettting in a yelling match with each other ( outside an operating room ), after having a disagreement in regards to a patient's blood pressure
management.

These are a few examples.

So, in effect, physicians do indeed get disciplined for rude behavior. This falls under the descriptor of : " unprofessional conduct."

Do doctors lose their licenses for the above behavior ? No. Do they receive license suspensions for such ? Absolutely.

"Chris Aldridge" wrote: 1.

"Chris Aldridge" wrote:

1. Being rude, having a dog in the office and failing to fax medications to pharmacies in a timely fashion.

2. Writing inappropriate ( and rude ) statements on worker's compensation paperwork.

3. Getting in a yelling match with each other ( outside an operating room ), after having a disagreement in regards to a patient's blood pressure
management.

It sounds to me as though -- in general -- the College is more concerned with their public image and less concerned with how their members actually conduct themselves in private. From what you have said (both here and elsewhere on the forum) and what others have said about how their complaints were handled, doctors are pretty safe from harsh discipline so long as a member doesn't tick off the wrong people or cause bad press for the medical profession. If they do then they are hung out to dry -- regardless of the circumstances or prior conduct.

Thus both doctors and patients are getting a raw deal when it comes to how complaints are handled.

chrisaldridge wrote: This

chrisaldridge wrote:

This weblink has incorrect information.

In particular, it states the following :

"The American Iatrogenic Association has graciously allowed us to reprint their article on filing doctor complaints with state/province medical boards. Please keep in mind that state medical boards (in Canada they are known as "Colleges of Physicians") deal almost exclusively in unethical or illegal actions, so they will ignore complaints regarding topics such as customer service, rudeness, and long wait times, to name just a few. If you are going to file a complaint with your state or province medical board, we urge you to also rate your doctor here on RateMDs.com. Rating your doctor on RateMDs.com insures your complaint will be seen by others, which is generally not the case for complaints filed with state or provincial medical boards."

The College of Physicians and Surgeons ( of Ontario) actually investigates ALL complaints made by patients.

If a physician has deemed to be seen as behaving disgracefully, dishonorably, or unprofessionally: then they are disciplined accordingly.

I should note that doctors have been disciplined for:

1. Being rude, having a dog in the office and failing to fax medications to pharmacies in a timely fashion.

2. Writing inappropriate ( and rude ) statements on worker's compensation paperwork.

3. Gettting in a yelling match with each other ( outside an operating room ), after having a disagreement in regards to a patient's blood pressure
management.

These are a few examples.

So, in effect, physicians do indeed get disciplined for rude behavior. This falls under the descriptor of : " unprofessional conduct."

Do doctors lose their licenses for the above behavior ? No. Do they receive license suspensions for such ? Absolutely.

It is highly unlikely that they were disciplined for the above.
It is possible that they were cautioned.

I am not sure where to start,

I am not sure where to start, so here it goes! I have been going to the same DR. for 4 years. He has been treating me for bursitis (pain meds) for over a year until I asked him if we should do an MRI due to how long this has been going on.....Low and behold, the MRI showed I had a severe rip in my rotator cuff. I had my surgery done in November, and I was on pain meds until March...It is much better now, and the PT is helping me get all my functions back! About a month ago, I was getting my son out of the tub, and I pulled something in my back....My husband took me to the emergency room. They advised that I might have a slipped disc and to follow up with my GP. After the weekend, that is what I did. He gave me a list of exercises to do, and gave me pain meds. He advised if it was not better in a month, to come in for a follow up. Well, again, that is what I did. My DR. was not available, so I had to see the NP who I had never met. She walked in and immediatly told me she was not giving me any pain meds. I told her I did not need any. I told her I was doing what my DR. asked to come in for a follow up. She had pulled up all of my perscriptions from my surgery, and told me that I had a problem. I was shocked. I asked her if she knew what type of surgery I had and she did not. I asked her if she knew that I had to go in 2 months after the surgery to have in re-done, and she said no. Again, keep in mind I had never met this women nor did she introduce herself. I advised that I would prefer to be speaking to my Dr. and she advised I was dismissed from the office. Again, I am in total shock! Any advise on how I should handle this??

kig1968 wrote: I am not sure

kig1968 wrote:

I am not sure where to start, so here it goes! I have been going to the same DR. for 4 years. He has been treating me for bursitis (pain meds) for over a year until I asked him if we should do an MRI due to how long this has been going on.....Low and behold, the MRI showed I had a severe rip in my rotator cuff. I had my surgery done in November, and I was on pain meds until March...It is much better now, and the PT is helping me get all my functions back! About a month ago, I was getting my son out of the tub, and I pulled something in my back....My husband took me to the emergency room. They advised that I might have a slipped disc and to follow up with my GP. After the weekend, that is what I did. He gave me a list of exercises to do, and gave me pain meds. He advised if it was not better in a month, to come in for a follow up. Well, again, that is what I did. My DR. was not available, so I had to see the NP who I had never met. She walked in and immediatly told me she was not giving me any pain meds. I told her I did not need any. I told her I was doing what my DR. asked to come in for a follow up. She had pulled up all of my perscriptions from my surgery, and told me that I had a problem. I was shocked. I asked her if she knew what type of surgery I had and she did not. I asked her if she knew that I had to go in 2 months after the surgery to have in re-done, and she said no. Again, keep in mind I had never met this women nor did she introduce herself. I advised that I would prefer to be speaking to my Dr. and she advised I was dismissed from the office. Again, I am in total shock! Any advise on how I should handle this??

You need to get in touch with your doctor. On his home phone if necessary.

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