When finding a new doctor, how do you make sure you're picking the right one?
There’s a way to research your doctor, but it's not a perfect system because doctors self–report their information, and they're only double–checked if someone else raises a red flag.
You can log on to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies website, otherwise known as DORA.
It lists doctors, and their license information, and it's free for the public to use.
DORA Spokesperson Chris Lines says the agency keeps an eye out on physicians and nurses on behalf of the people of Colorado, “we feel like it's a very good consumer protection mechanism and a way for people to check out their doctor before they even go".
But Lines says his agency takes information from physicians on an honor system, meaning whatever the doctor reports, or doesn't report, is what goes on the website, “we are taking them at their word however there have been instances where a physician has not been truthful on their profile and again we can't know that unless the public lets us know".
Lines says DORA is complaint–driven, and relies on the public to notify it of any issues or problems.
He says it's easy enough to file a complaint on the website, making the public its own best advocate.
You can visit DORA at http://www.dora.state.co.us/medical .
Lines says every six to eight months, DORA fact-checks it's listings against the Colorado Judicial Database, so if any criminal activity comes to light during that time, it will hopefully be caught.
He says any and all complaints are thoroughly investigated.