Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Finding the Right Doctor

Michael F. Roizen, M.D. of the Cleveland Clinic shares the steps you should take to go about the process of selecting a primary care physician.

It is in your best interest to take a long term approach when choosing a primary care physician. Find out if the doctor will take your emergency calls and if he or she works with the emergency room and hospital staff you frequent. Don’t forget to inquire with those on “the inside” – the nurses. Ask them which doctors they would recommend and why. Nurses often have the behind the scenes scoop and can offer the best insight as to which physician may be right for you.

When you decide to go down the road to get to know a doctor you feel good about, here's what you need to know:

Make an appointment to visit the doctor's office early in the day, as doctor's schedules quickly fill up throughout the day. Observe if they make a habit out of starting the day behind, as that may not be the right organization for you. Take note of the doctor's office: does it look to be in a state of disarray or chaos? Again, could be a sign that it may not be the right fit for you.

Finding the Right Doctor

Ask the doctor about:

  • board certification
  • continuing education
  • patient profiles
  • vacation coverage

Do your research:

  • internet research
  • verify doctor's education
  • check with state licensing board

Above all, find a physician who will be your "co-partner" to join with you in working toward keeping you healthy.

credit: Christian Broadcasting Network

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