Zabi S. Wardak, MD
Specialty: Family Medicine
- family medicine
- internal medicine
Location and Office HoursDavid B Dubin MD
1530 3rd St Ste 106
Lincoln, CA 95648
- Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
- Blue Shield of California
- BlueCross BlueShield
- Health Net
- United Healthcare
How can I determine if a doctor will be focused on wellness and prevention?
Doctors are increasingly concerned about promoting information on wellness and prevention. However, many doctors are not well-trained in these fields and many doctors may not have the time or interest to provide this information. You, as a patient, however, have every right to expect and demand it.
How can I find out if a doctor has been sued for malpractice?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredFinding out if a doctor has been sued for botched practicing is certainly a legitimate qualifying factor when you're shopping for a new physician or specialist. As long as the info is put into context, that is.
To find out if any malpractice lawsuits have been filed against a physician, call the county clerk's office where he or she practices, as well as the state medical licensing board and the state insurance department (you can ask the latter if any claims are on record for the doctor). You can also check your doctor's record on Web sites such as www.docboard.org.
Just remember that it's common for doctors to be sued, and many cases are dismissed or the physicians win, so the fact that a doctor has been sued for malpractice isn't necessarily a damning sign.
However, if he or she has been sued several times in the past few years and many of those suits have been settled or resulted in the award of large sums to the patient, I, as a doctor, would see that as a warning sign to move on. Lighting can indeed strike in the same spot twice, but four or five times is a little troubling.
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What are the advantages of choosing a compassionate doctor?
Dede Bonner, Health Education, answered
An important piece of your ability to trust a doctor is his or her interest in you as a person. This is not to suggest that you want to be ‘bosom buddies’ (sorry for the bad pun), but it shows how curious this doctor is about you as a unique person. A doctor who is open to learning new things is more likely to be more intelligent, competent, and willing to support you on a personal as well as medical basis.
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