If you believe your care provider has caused serious harm by negligence or malpractice, consult an attorney about legal relief. But that’s using a machete, and sometimes the job requires a butter knife.
If you have a medical procedure – surgery, a screening test – whose outcome is not what you were led to expect, or has made you worse off, there are several ways to lodge complaints. Many of these options recently were spelled out in an article in the Los Angeles Times.
Often, as simple a gesture as writing a letter can have the desired effect, especially if your primary objective is to have your problem acknowledged. If you’ve expressed concern, for example, about enduring, post-procedure pain that hasn’t been addressed, a letter to your doctor seeking the name of another practitioner who can evaluate your symptoms, review the procedure that caused them and suggest how to treat it can be a wake-up call.
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