File a Complaint by Mail

To make a complaint against a physician, physician assistant, clinical perfusionist, respiratory care professional, an acupuncturist, auricular detoxification specialist, orthotist or prosthetist , please provide:

FOR YOU:

Your Full Legal Name

Your Mailing or Home Address

A Daytime Telephone Number

An Evening Telephone Number

An E-mail Address (if you have one)

FOR THE PHYSICIAN OR OTHER HEALTH CARE PROVIDER:

* Full Name

Physician's License Number (if known)

Office or Practice Location Address

Office or Practice Telephone Number

Please explain on the Georgia Composite Medical Board's** Complaint and Waiver Form in detail. Please explain the nature of your complaint. Please use additional sheets, if necessary. Please explain to us, in chronological order, what happened to you and why you believe the doctor's service (or other health care professional) was a violation of the Medical Practice Act, was below an acceptable level for the standard of care, or may have been unprofessional. You must sign and date the forms. Please mail the forms to the address cited above. If you have additional questions regarding the complaint process, please click here to go to our Frequently Asked Questions or call our Complaints Unit at (404) 657-6487.

For complaints against a hospital, nursing home, hospice or other institution, please click here.

Hospital and Other Institutional Complaint Information

The Georgia Composite Medical Board does not have legal purview over hospitals, health clinics, nursing homes, hospices, mental health facilities and other institutions. We only have authority over the individuals we license: physician's, physician's assistants, perfusionists, acupuncturists, auricular detoxification specialists, and respiratory care professionals. We license and discipline individual professionals, not institutions.

Hospitals, nursing homes and hospices are regulated by the Office of Regulatory Services with the Department of Human Resources. The Office of Regulatory Services (ORS) is responsible for inspecting, monitoring, licensing, registering, and certifying a variety of childcare and health care programs. ORS works to ensure that facilities and programs operate at acceptable levels, as mandated by state statutes and by rules and regulations adopted by the Board of the Department of Human Resources. ORS also recommends certification of various health care facilities to receive Medicaid and Medicare funds, through contracts with the Health Care Financing Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. You may reach the Office of Regulatory Services by e-mail at: Email: mapalli@dhr.state.ga.us. Or, you may view their web site at: http://ors.dhr.georgia.gov/portal/site/DHR-ORS/.

County health departments are funded by your local county commission. If you have a problem with the clinic itself (not the doctor providing the care), then, you may want to turn to your local county commission representative for assistance. Generally, your county commission is listed in the blue government pages of your local telephone directory in larger metropolitan areas or in the white pages of smaller directories. The Division of Public Health with the Georgia Department of Human Resources may also assist you regarding problems with public health clinics. The Division of Public Health's web page is: http://health.state.ga.us/and may be accessed through the Georgia Department of Human Resources home page.

Complaints concerning providers not licensed by the Medical Board:

Please contact the Office of the Secretary of State, Division of the Examining Boards at 237 Coliseum Drive, Macon Georgia 31217 or search their website at http://sos.georgia.gov/plb/.

*You can confirm a provider is licensed to practice in the State of Georgia through the licensure verification system provided on this website. Please click on the icon for either physicians or other healthcare providers and it will take you to our search engine.

**Click on Complaint and Waiver Form link above to download these forms. Please complete both the Complaint Form and the Waiver Form - Authorization To Release Information And To Use Complaintant's Name.