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