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How do I find out more about a doctor in New Jersey?

If you want to learn more about your doctor before you decide to make an appointment, it's important to know about the New Jersey Health Care Profile website. This is a service online that allows you to look up a doctor by field, name and license. Information about New Jersey doctors can include whether any malpractice lawsuits have been filed against them. This can be helpful for patients when making the decision on which doctors are best equipped to treat them.

Sometimes these important pieces of information won't be present on the site, though, for one of several reasons. For instance, if the malpractice claim was completed over five years ago, it won't be listed. Only malpractice actions initiated within the last five years will be listed, in accordance with New Jersey laws.

In some cases, the information provided online will also show the practitioner's license and the date it expires. If the expiration date isn't shown, you can typically get this information from the New Jersey Consumer Affairs office. They can help you verify that the practitioner's license is still valid and up-to-date.

The website focuses on facts about your potential practitioner and not ratings that others give to the doctor. While patient opinions can sometimes be helpful when you're trying to make a decision, it's good to have access to hard facts as well. You should be able to find information such as whether or not the practitioner is board certified, the credentials the practitioner has and whether the medical provider is able to dispense medications or treat diseases of certain kinds.

Source: The State of New Jersey, "New Jersey Health Care Profile," accessed April 05, 2016

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