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How do you decide on a new doctor? What if there is no word of mouth that you can go by?

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purpleducky

Asked by purpleducky at 9:39 AM on Jul. 30, 2010 in Health

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  • There are reviews sites and also you can google the doctor and see if there are any reviews for them.

    Good luck!
    Memigen

    Answer by Memigen at 9:42 AM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • vitals.com, healthgrades.com
    Memigen

    Answer by Memigen at 9:43 AM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • Like the others have said, I just google him/her.
    Also, I don't remember where it is, but you can google it. There is somewhere you can find out about any malpractice type things filed against the doctor.
    Kiwismommy19

    Answer by Kiwismommy19 at 9:48 AM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • On that one www.healthgrades.com they show you disciplinary actions against the doctor, ratings, reviews, etc. :)
    Memigen

    Answer by Memigen at 9:52 AM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • Remember that everything is subjective. Two people can have completely different opinions on the same doctor.

    I've spent a decade working in the pharmaceutical industry, 9 of which were in sales seeing 8-10 doctors/day.
    If you need a specialist, always ask your Primary Care Provider for a recommendation.

    Health Grades, Vitals, etc. are now widely used and shouldn't be taken with too much consideration because it's not an accurate reflection of the physician's practice as a whole.
    Each state has a license verification website (google "Indiana Health Professionals License") where issues are public information - much better than relying on other sites.

    Best thing to do is to find a doctor close by, see if they're accepting new patients and try them out. If you don't like them, the most you'll have to pay to break the relationship is $30 to transfer medical records to a new practice.
    DanaDWeb

    Answer by DanaDWeb at 10:05 AM on Jul. 30, 2010

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