Doctors, nurses and dentists play an important role in our health and safety. Most meet or exceed legally required standards of practice. But if health care providers act unprofessionally or cause harm, the state is able to take disciplinary action. By reporting possible violations, you can play an important role in protecting the people of Washington.
The Department of Health Web site has a section that lets you check if a provider or facility has proper credentials or has been disciplined. The agency helps oversee more than 350,000 health professionals and 7,000 facilities. Each year it reviews nearly 8,000 complaints and inspects thousands of facilities.You can file a complaint about a healthcare provider on the Department of Health Web site or call 360-236-4700.
The Attorney General’s Consumer Resource Center also receives complaints about healthcare providers. Gripes about health care businesses ranked ninth last year among the industries consumer complained about.