Managing your health and medical care begins with selecting the physician who best meets your needs.
Next, you might ask trusted friends and family members for referrals. Check out online reviews for physicians, like healthgrades.com or RateMDs.com to see what other patients have to say about their experience with a particular doctor. Keep in mind, however, that negative reviews can be misleading and should not be taken at face value. Statistically, the few patients who may be dissatisfied are far more apt to post their complaints than the much larger percentage of patients who are pleased with their care, but do not take the time to share their positive review.
Logistics are also important. Is the doctor’s office conveniently located, with office hours that suit your schedule?
If you have a particular medical issue that requires the expertise of a specialist, chances are you’ll need a referral from your primary care physician, so that should be your first call.
Once you find a doctor and schedule a visit, it’s important to take an active role in forming a mutually respectful relationship with him or her. The more forthcoming you are with information relevant to your health, including changes in your body, your lifestyle and how closely you follow his or her advice, the better your chances of staying healthy.
So, when it comes to finding a doctor, choose well!