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How to Complain About a Doctor

Chief March 5, 2022

Filing a complaint against a doctor with your state’s medical board is usually the first step in bringing disciplinary action against a doctor. Although the particulars vary by state, when the board receives complaints against doctors, it enters them into a system. The board then reviews complaints or refers them to another agency if needed. The medical board may ask to see medical records. If you complain about a doctor, the medical board will not disclose your identity.

Unfortunately, one complaint may not lead to formal discipline against the offending doctor. However, if the medical board or other agency receives multiple complaints against the same physician, they will have good reason to launch a formal investigation.

Review the attached template, which was drafted by an active duty physician in the US Army, for guidance on what to fill out. You will have to look up the rules for the specific state in which you’re filing the complaint. MAKE SURE you verify the licensure of the physician in question before you file so you don’t file with the wrong state.