Consumers

Protecting health care consumers through the proper licensing and regulation of physicians and surgeons and certain allied health care professionals and through the vigorous, objective enforcement of the Medical Practice Act.

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Contact the Board's Consumer Information Unit for assistance.

1 (800) 633-2322

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Submit Complaint By Mail

Complaint forms can be obtained by calling the Central Complaint Unit or by filling out the following form:

A complainant may be asked to sign a medical records release form if the Board needs to obtain medical records from a doctor, hospital or other sources to investigate a complaint. If the complaint is NOT within the Board's jurisdiction, staff may provide a referral to the appropriate agency or organization.

Complete the “Authorization for Release of Information For The Subject Of The Complaint” (Subject is the physician or other healthcare provider you are complaining about)

Complete one of the following medical release forms in their entirety:

*** Should the patient be deceased, the person signing the release form(s) must be a legal representative as demonstrated on a durable power of attorney, death certificate, or an executor of will/estate document. (Please enclose copy of supportive documentation).


Complaints should be mailed to:

  • Medical Board of California
    Central Complaint Unit
    2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
    Sacramento, CA 95815

For additional information, contact the Central Complaint Unit at:

  • Toll-Free: 1-800-633-2322
  • Phone: (916) 263-2382
  • Fax: (916) 263-2435