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|How To Choose The Right Doctor|
There are many reasons why you might be looking for a new doctor. You may have moved to another city, or your doctor could be retiring. Whatever the reason is, the following ideas can help you find a doctor who is right for you.
This may be very helpful. You can make it easier for them to tell you about the doctors they like by asking questions such as, "What do you like about your doctor?"
A doctor whose name comes up often might be a good one to try. It may help to have several names to choose from in case the doctor you select is not taking new patients or does not take part in your health insurance plan. If you need more help finding names of doctors, contact a local hospital or medical center, medical society, physician referral service, or nearby medical schools.
If you belong to a managed care plan, you can get a list of doctors from the plan's membership services office. Keep in mind that our choices will be limited to the doctors who are part of the plan.
When Your Doctor Stops Seeing Patients
Often when a doctor leaves a medical practice, he or she can arrange for you to see another doctor who will have access to all your medical records. You should go for an office visit with the new doctor before deciding if you want him or her to be your physician.
What Should You Look for in a Doctor?
Well trained and capable. A doctor who takes the time to know you well may be able to help you prevent some health problems and manage problems that do come up.
Once you have chosen two or three doctors, call their offices and talk to one of the office staff to get information about the doctor's education and training. You can say:
"Before I make an appointment, I have some questions about the office and the practice. Can I speak to an office manager or a nurse?"
The office manager or nurse can tell you about:
The First Appointment
After the visit :
Once you have found a doctor you like, your job is not finished. A good doctor-patient relationship is a partnership. Both you and your doctor need to work together to solve your medical problems and maintain your good health. Finding a doctor that suits your needs is an important first step. Good communication with the doctor and the office staff is key.
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