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Finding out about the history of doctors

When New Yorkers are going to see doctors about a medical condition, they may want to find out about those practitioners and their ability to treat patients. However, there is a lot of information about doctors that is not available to most people. Consumer Reports researched the issue and discovered that even if a doctor has a history of misconduct or has been sued for malpractice, potential patients may have no way of finding out about it.

While the National Practitioner Data Bank collects and maintains information about everything from malpractice payouts to disciplinary actions taken against doctors, this database is only available to certain individuals, such as law enforcement officers, lawyers and hospital administrators. Most people looking for a physician and who wanted to obtain information from this database probably wouldn't be able to get it.

Unsurprisingly, the majority of the public has stated in polls that they are in favor of requiring doctors to tell patients if they are on probation and why. However, the American Medical Association and state medical boards have resisted making this type of information more readily available to the public.

Medical malpractice can come in a variety of forms, including failing to accurately diagnose a condition, being negligent and ignoring standard procedures. When doctors do not deal with or care for patients properly, the victims may see their conditions worsen, resulting in expensive medical bills and missed work. People who have had his happen to them may want to meet with a medical malpractice attorney to see what legal remedies they may have.

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