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If a doctor gives you grossly negligent medical advice, is there anything wrong with filing a complaint with the state agency that regulates physician licensure?

After the person making the complaint has looked at the situation objectively and honestly, and has made a rational judgement that it was indeed the doctor being negligent, no, there isn't. Edited by Nicky

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If a doctor gives you grossly negligent medical advice, is there anything wrong with filing a complaint with the state agency that regulates physician licensure?

Were there damages? Are you looking to sue? You might have to notify the state board in order to proceed.

While I can understand the desire to avoid turning to government agencies that “shouldn’t” exist, bear in mind that they often perform a role that needs to be performed, the problem is that they are coercive and (almost certainly) don’t do the job as well as a private alternative. You use the words “grossly negligent”, is this doctor’s incompetence going to kill someone?

How about an analogy? You drive over a bridge on a foggy night and just as you make it across you see it collapse behind you. You don’t believe that government should be in the business of maintaining bridges. Do you call 911? Or let the next driver die, rather than sanction the government’s role?

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There were no damages and I don't intent to sue. A doctor serious misjudged a serious situation and provided some bizarrely erroneous medical information that even a lay person should know is wrong. 

Edited by cliveandrews

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