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How to find out about your doctor

(MCT) — No single source of information will tell you everything about the competence of your physician. But there are a few places to check for red flags. Go to your state's regulatory web site to look up a physician's license status and find out if he or she has ever been disciplined. Check court records for lawsuits. Many courts have online databases that are searchable by physician name, though for case details, you may need to visit a clerk's office or courthouse. Verify that your doctor is board certified with the American Board of Medical Specialties at www.abms.org. The online service is free but requires registration. For a fee, search the Federation of State Medical Boards, at www.docinfo.org, to learn if a doctor has been sanctio

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