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doctorsWhether you have moved into a new neighborhood, or have decided to change your present doctor, it takes time and research to find a doctor with whom you can build a trusting relationship.

For many consumers, that means first reviewing the list of doctors approved in their health insurance coverage plan, then cross-checking that list by surfing the Web (see below) for reviews and visitor comments, or with friends or neighbors for their advice or suggestions.

Next, check to see which internists are board certified in relevant specialties like pediatrics, heart disease or arthritis.

The "trust factor" when choosing a doctor

Trust and rapport are also very important considerations when choosing a good doctor that will be just right for you. Whether they're male or female doesn't really matter in terms of ability, but some people are just more comfortable receiving treatment with a doctor of the same sex. For seniors who seek to find a doctor who will understand their special needs, older physicians may provide just that extra measure of trust, as well as better insight into senior-related conditions.

"Is it a solo or group practice? Is there an emergency number you can call at 3 a.m.? Does it take forever to make an appointment?"

Also take into account your doctor's office hours or location. Is it a solo or group practice? Does it take forever to make an appointment (and, once you arrive, does it take forever to be seen?) Do they offer weekend and evening appointments? Is there an emergency number patients can call at 3 a.m.?

Finding a good doctor is a bit more important that finding a good home contractor. So like any other service it really pays to shop around especially when it becomes a major influence on living a long and healthy life for years to come.

More about how to find a doctor around the Web:

While there is still a long way to go in terms of covering every location, the Web has become a virtual town hall for widespread information, reviews, and first-hand experiences of individual doctors or group practices.

Check out what's available at top databases, forums and online communities offering guides and referrals around the U.S. along with related information on individual specialties, training, and the all-important "bedside manner" to find a new doctor that may be just right for you:

Suggest A Doctor - Read thousands of doctor reviews, or share your experiences with other visitors in forums posts searchable by specialties or by U.S. state location. - Browse free basic or paid membership for information and consumer reviews of U.S. doctors nationwide. - One of the longest-established sites of it kind with a search engine targeting U.S. state certification boards with information for both consumers and medical professionals.

New York's Best Doctors - New York Magazine list of the city's top doctors, surgeons & hospitals, searchable by location or specialty.

Chicago's Best Doctors - Annual review by Chicago Magazine including individual doctor profiles.

San Francisco Medical Specialists on CitySearch - The best dentists, doctors, chiropractors and other specialists in the Bay Area including star-rated visitor reviews.

Consumers Checkbook - Information with paid membership featuring an extensive database of consumer and peer-reviewed U.S. doctors searchable by location or specialty. - Find or compare physicians and board certifications by U.S. state or zip code, with more reviews on top hospitals and nursing homes across the country.


This information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.


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