† Grievance committees within county and state medical societies have been active for at least four decades. Originally involving only the patient and the physician, they now deal also with insurance companies and other organizations concerned with the financing of medical care. A survey of 254 cases filed with a county medical society in 1955 shows that such a committee can be very effective in preventing or resolving misunderstandings, clarifying and adjusting differences between physicians and patients, and assisting in the maintenance of high levels of professional deportment. It is necessary that the public be informed of the existence of grievance committees and be encouraged to use them.
Hopkins PE. MEDICAL SOCIETY GRIEVANCE COMMITTEES IN RELATION TO HEALTH AND ACCIDENT INSURANCE. JAMA. 1956;162(2):105–107. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970190021006
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