Choosing The Right Doctor
It is important to have a good primary doctor, but it can be hard to find one. There are a lot of limiting factors involved in this, especially if you have limited insurance plans restricting who you can choose from. You also want someone well-trained (through the use of manikins, simulators, moulage kits, and the works)Nevertheless, there are some things you can do in order to make the best decision when it comes to selecting your primary care physician.
First, while this may sound a bit inapplicable, look them up online and see how their reviews are. While this is a known tactic for restaurants and shops, this can also be applied to doctors. See what people say about them and try to find someone who seems to really care about their patients (this is the main point).
Next, look for someone who has been in operation stably for some time. This fact of longevity would seem to indicate some level of success on the doctor’s part, and thus grants some degree of credibility. If the guy has been there for a while, chances are it’s for a good reason.
Lastly, when you visit them for the first time, bring any medical questions you may have with you. See if your doctor will take the time to go over them with you. If he tries to brush you off and just “get you in and get you out”, then maybe this isn’t the right one for you. After all, you need someone who will be your stable terminal as far as your medical questions and state are concerned.
Even with all that in mind, you still need to find someone you are comfortable with. While it can be a pain to switch doctors, try to find someone who you can get along with. You will be more likely to follow their advice and take their recommendations seriously.