Join our community of Solution Seekers!

How to Complain About Your Doctor

If your doctor behaved in a way that felt inappropriate or unprofessional, speak up.

By Sharon Tanenbaum
Medical instrumentsRobyn Lehr
  • Consider talking with another doctor in the same practice and asking for her opinion. Some hospitals and private practices have a process for handling and addressing patient grievances.
  • If that doesn’t help, contact your state’s medical society or licensing board for instructions on how to file a complaint. (To find the one in your area, go to the American Medical Association’s website, at ama-assn.org, and look under “Medical Ethics” in the Professional Resources section.)
  • Some states, such as California and Texas, offer a consumer-complaint hotline to advise you on your situation. Once you file a formal complaint (you may have the option of filing electronically or by mail), the medical board reviews it. If the board finds a violation, it could take action against the doctor, ranging from a fine to revocation of the doctor’s license.
Read More About:What To Ask Your Doctor

Related Content

Binta Niambi Brown and Kate Pynoos: mentor and protégée

Women and Success

Women reveal how they define success, how much importance they attach to it, and the risks they’ve taken to achieve it.

What do you think about this article? Share your own solutions and ideas

View Earlier Comments
Advertisement

Quick Tip

Nuts

Juice may serve up vitamins, but it won’t do much to ease hunger: Unlike solid foods, liquids don’t trip the brain’s satiety mechanism. For a more effective snack, pair a glass of 100 percent juice with a few nuts. Get more tips.