Choosing a doctor can be a difficult and stressful process. If you have health insurance, you probably want to choose someone that your health insurance will cover. A great place to start is with your health insurance company to see what doctors are in-network.
A lot of our clients rely on recommendations from family, friends, or trusted medical providers. You can then find out if they are within your insurance plan. If not, you can ask the doctor what the self-pay cost will be.
How Do You Know If You Can Trust Your Doctor?
One way to put your mind at ease is with the Virginia Board of Medicine Practitioner Information website (http://www.vahealthprovider.com/search.asp). Publicly available information for physicians, osteopaths, and podiatrists includes:
- office locations
- self-designated areas of practice
- whether they accept Medicare or Medicaid
- educational background
- felony convictions
- formal orders from the Virginia Board of Medicine or other states
- malpractice claims made against the practitioner
- malpractice claims paid out by the practitioner
How to Check Your Doctor’s License
You can also lookup if your medical provider has a valid license in Virginia at https://dhp.virginiainteractive.org/Lookup/Index. This will tell you what licenses the provider has that are active, their license number, when they were first licensed, and contains a link to public information from the Board of Medicine if there have been allegations of wrongdoing.
As patients, we know it’s important to listen to your doctor. It’s also important to make sure that you are making the best decision for your health. Knowing that your doctor is licensed and in good standing is a good way to make sure you are in good hands.
If you have suffered an injury or medical complication due to the negligence of a doctor, the attorneys at Allen & Allen may be able to help. Give us a call or fill out our contact form for a free consultation.