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Find or Research a Doctor, How to Choose a Doctor

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  • Strategies for how to find, choose, and research a doctor

 

Your doctor will be your partner in care, so it is important to research and choose a doctor carefully from those available to you.

In some managed care health insurance plans, you will generally be limited to choosing from only certain doctors; in other plans, some doctors may be "preferred," which means they are part of a network and you will pay less if you use them. Ask your health insurance plan for a list or directory of preferred providers. The health care plan may also offer other help in choosing a doctor.

You can ask doctors you know, medical societies, friends, family, and coworkers to recommend doctors. You may also contact hospitals and referral services about doctors in your area.

Once you have the names of doctors who interest you, make sure they are accepting new patients. Also, research to check on the quality of a doctor:

  • Ask health insurance plans and medical offices for information on their doctors' training and experience.

  • Look up basic information about doctors in the Directory of Medical Specialists, available at your local library. This reference has up-to-date professional and biographic information on about 400,000 practicing physicians.

  • Use "DoctorFinder," which is the American Medical Association's free service on the Internet for information about physicians.

  • Is the doctor board certified? Although all doctors must be licensed to practice medicine, some doctors also are board certified. This means the doctor has completed several years of training in a specialty and passed an exam. Visit the website of the American Board of Medical Specialties, or call them at 800-776-2378 for more information.

  • Have complaints been registered or disciplinary actions taken against the doctor? To find out, call your State Medical Licensing Board. Ask Directory Assistance for the phone number.

  • Have complaints been registered with your state department of insurance against the doctor? (Not all departments of insurance accept complaints.) Ask Directory Assistance for the phone number.

Once you have narrowed your search to a few doctors, you may want to set up "get acquainted" appointments with them. Ask what charge the doctors have for these visits, if any. Such appointments give you a chance to interview the doctors—for example, to find out if they have much experience with any health conditions you may have.

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