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December 29, 2009

Doctor Profiling

Filed under: Doctors / Physicians — Doctor @ 7:51 pm

Perhaps you just moved to Illinois and need to find a doctor?  Or you would like to know more about the doctor you already have? A recent amendment to the Illinois Medical Practice Act (225ILC 60/24.1), Illinoisans can now  gain public access to profiles of all licensed physicians.

Doctors that are licensed to practice in Illinois can be easily researched by going to the web site of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (www.IDFPR.com). Just by pulling up this site, users will have access to all of the information they need to make an informed decision about selecting a doctor. 

The site is very user friendly and explains the steps necessary to search out a doctor. You are not required to log in or register in any way. Seekers can search by the doctor’s name if checking on a specific doctor. The site also allows searching by city, county or by medical specialty.

Once you have the doctor’s name, you can open their profile page to read a host of information. You can select from several tabs to view the doctors years of practice, schools they’ve attended, hospitals they are affiliated with, and much more.

Users will also be able to view any malpractice suit information, or disciplinary action that is available for the physician. Whether you’d like some background information on your current physician, or you need to find a different doctor in your area, this would be a good place to start.

Having access to this information will help Illinoisans make an informed decision, when it comes to something so important, as selecting a physician. Sometimes you are even referred to a physician by your own doctors, when specialized services are needed. You don’t know anything about this stranger, but you are supposed to basically “put your life in his or her hands.”

Searching out this doctor’s profile and getting to know him or her a little better, will add to your piece of mind. Patients have the right to this information, and now it’s readily available with just a few clicks of the mouse.

Medical malpractice suits have skyrocketed in Illinois alone. According to the National Practitioner Data Bank, $362,000.00 was paid out by physicians in 2003, due to malpractice suits. Because of this, the insurance doctors pay has also went up. Many long time and trusted doctors have had to leave the area, and set up their practice in states where costs are not as high.

Some Illinois residents have been left searching for a new doctor to trust their health to. Finding and trusting a new doctor can be an overwhelming decision, especially if your former doctor has been treating an ongoing condition. Having easy access to the information about the other doctors in your area can relieve some of the stress when faced with choosing a new doctor.

You have the right to know who is treating you when you visit the doctor’s office. Do your home work, and add to your piece of mind. Trusting your doctor is the first step of a good doctor/patient relationship.

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