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The record: The Kansas Board of Healing Arts’ health professional database.
Why you’d want it: To make sure a health professional you or a member of your family is seeing is properly licensed. You can also learn the year the doctor or other health professional graduated and from what medical school. You can also find any disciplinary action taken against the provider.
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Where you get it: Go online to www.ksbha.org/requests/licenseverification.shtml and click on the “license verification” link. You may search by name or by city.
How much it costs: Searching the database is free. An official written license verification from the state costs $25 for doctors and many other health professionals. The order form is online.