How to dismiss a patient—the right way

Despite our best efforts, not every doctor-patient relationship is a positive one. While we hope these situations will occur rarely, it’s important to know what your options are when there’s a patient in your practice whom you feel should be dismissed for his or her own good—and for the good of your practice.

Key Point: Dismissing a patient is never easy, but sometimes it’s the right thing to do for the patient, your practice, your staff, and even other patients. Be sure that you consult with an attorney about your responsibilities when releasing a patient from your care, notify the patient in writing, and provide the patient with interim care while he or she finds a new physician.

There are numerous reasons why a patient might not be the right fit with you or your practice. Perhaps you simply have philosophical differences or don’t communicate well, despite your best efforts. In these instances, sometimes the best thing that can happen is...

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