Wednesday, September 21, 2011

About Today: How to Find a Great Doctor 9/21/11

From Jen Hubley, your About Today Editor
There's nothing scarier than not having a doctor -- or worse, having a doctor you don't really like.

Finding Dr. Right 
I've been in both situations, either because I moved and couldn't find the right doc, or because my doctor retired. (I consider this a huge betrayal, by the way. What about me, doc? What about me?)
How to Find a Doctor Online 
The internet is a great place to start looking for a doctor, but it's best if you think of it as an electronic version of word of mouth. A website can help you look up credentials and background information, but it can also fail to alert you to malpractice suits.
How to Find a Doctor When You're Sick 
The worst is looking for a doctor when you're already sick. I've seen some truly weird doctors as a result of waiting until I was sick to call the doc. (To be fair, I'm sure many of them found me a fairly weird patient. That's what happens when you don't develop a doctor-patient relationship ahead of time.)
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Finding a Doctor for a Second Opinion 
Great quote from our patient empowerment Guide: "Any doctor worthy of the practice of medicine will be supportive [of your desire to get a second opinion]. If he's not supportive? That's a red flag which means you most definitely need a second opinion." Here's how to go about it.

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