Bad Hospitals and Bad Doctors: Realities Patients can Avoid if They Want To

In the US, each state has its own medical licensing board that is tasked to grant medical licenses to qualified and competent applicants, as well as protect its residents’ health, safety and general welfare, against doctors who fail to practice and live up to the standards of the medical field.

In the event of reports of doctor negligence, abuse, malpractice or unprofessional conduct, a medical licensing board has the authority to investigate and review any case filed against such doctors, discipline those who will be proven guilty, and hold in probation, suspend or revoke their license.

Such tasks, if strictly followed by each state’s medical licensing board, would be ways that may lead to the formation of ideal hospitals and health care clinics, and highly competent medical specialists. But this is far from what is real, as proven in a study by USA Today, a multi-platform media company that delivers news and information. The study actually reveals the continuous practice of thousands of doctors with records of serious misconduct. And, despite, having been disallowed by many health care institutions, HMOs and hospitals, from treating patients further, these doctors’ own state medical boards seem to be doing nothing, not even show any sign of moving to hold these doctors on probation.

Families of patients who have suffered more severe injuries or who have died due to the gross negligence and serious misconduct of these doctors suffer more in their own anger and misery for the very slow pacing of the law which ought to make these doctors pay for the horrid consequences of their acts.

On its website, the personal injury lawyers of the Atlanta-based Ausband & Dumont Law Firm speaks of the right to justice of victims of personal injuries, which are injuries that result from the careless, reckless or negligent act of others. Part of this justice is compensating the victims (and/or their families) for the present and future financial concerns resulting from the injury.

There are thousands of good doctors, this is a fact. But to say that there are also thousands of bad doctors is another (fearful) fact that no one can deny. It is, therefore, highly important that you know who your doctor really is, as well as the overall reputation of the clinic or hospital where he/she is connected. A number of websites now openly and courageously identify bad doctors and bad hospitals, while a few other websites mention hospitals which have been proven as providing good performance in terms of quality patient care and in the number of their reliable medical personnel.

Not all doctors are committed, or have the same level of commitment, to their profession; not all hospitals provide quality care too. The next time you need medical care, make sure that your health care provider will provide real care, not make you more sick.