Patients want to know if their doctor is on probation

The doctor-patient relationship in Pittsburgh is one where the patient places an enormous amount of trust in their doctor. A patient believes that their doctor will be able to figure out what is wrong with them or be able to refer them to a specialist. Most of the time this is what happens but occasionally a doctor makes a mistake and is subject to medical malpractice or discipline by the state boards.

A recent report shows that patients, understandably so, want to know if their doctor is on disciplinary probation. The survey said that over 80 percent of Americans would want to know if their doctor is on probation and over 60 percent believe the doctor should not be practicing until they are no longer on probation. But the problem is that patients do not have access to discipline records for doctors. The National Practitioner Data Bank contains important information about doctors that patients may want to know but unfortunately that information is only available to law enforcement, hospitals, insurance companies and a few other organizations. More transparency in doctor disciplinary records is needed in order to make sure patients have all the information that is relevant in helping them make decisions.

When a patient believes that the person has been the victim of a doctor mistake the person can feel angry and upset. No one ever expects that their doctor would make a mistake that causes a worsened condition but unfortunately thousands of Americans experience this tragedy each year. A legal professional skilled in medical malpractice can help the patient find out what happened to them. They can review medical records and consult with medical experts to get the answers patients deserve. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

When a doctor is placed on disciplinary probation, patients should have access to this information. Transparency within the medical field can help cut down on medical errors and ensure patients are receiving the best care possible.

Source:, “Consumers want to know if their physician is on probation”, Emily Rappleye, March 30, 2016