A license to practice medicine in Colorado can cost as much as $75,000, according to a new report.
The average annual cost of a medical license in the state is about $36,000.
But the license is an important tool in helping the doctor practice and to provide access to health care, the Colorado Association of Medical Licensure Administrators said in a report released Monday.
A license is also a way to obtain certification from a board that approves licensed physicians and nurses.
Here are five questions you should ask before seeking a medical doctor license in your state.
What is a medical card?
A medical card is a kind of ID card.
The license is required for medical treatment, including emergency medical services, for a limited number of people, according a news release from the association.
The name of the doctor or nurse on the card should be spelled correctly and include a signature, the association said.
Does my medical license expire?
A license does not automatically expire.
The Colorado State Board of Medicine will determine if the license should be renewed, but it does not renew on the basis of a patient’s health status, the release said.
What happens if I don’t renew my license?
The Colorado Association says that in order for a license to be renewed or suspended, the board has to be notified of the reason for it.
How do I renew my medical card in Colorado?
If you need help renewing your medical card, visit the Colorado Medical Board’s website at www.state.colorado.us/medical.
Follow Colorado Health Care Network’s live chat on the Colorado HealthCareNetwork.com mobile app.
Can I get a license through my state?
No, you must get a medical professional’s license from your state, which may be a medical practice license, a medical certification or a state license.
What do I need to do to renew my card in my state of residence?
You can check your state’s license status on the state website.
Where can I find out more?
For more information on the licensing process, visit stateofmedicine.com/license.