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11-28-2008, 12:58 PM
I'm in the process of trying to find a new primary care physician. I'm looking at my insurance provider's listings and I have no idea how to choose. I've tried asking around, but the recommendations I've gotten are either too far in distance or fail to meet other criteria. And I don't feel comfortable just walking up to people in the office asking them who their doctors are. How do I find a doc?
11-28-2008, 01:11 PM
When I moved here I asked my GP what he thought and he suggested I go to pharmacists and ask them. He said that they deal with Doctors every day and know who the good ones are.
I didn't try it though.
Carol the Impaler
11-28-2008, 01:21 PM
Nurses also tend to know who's good. Do you know any nurses?
11-28-2008, 01:26 PM
Qadgop the Mercotan
11-28-2008, 02:16 PM
First, you can find the doctors in your area who are Board Certified in either Internal Medicine or Family Medicine.
It's no guarantee of finding a doc you'll like, but it does document that the physician not only finished an accredited 3 year residency program in either Internal or Family Medicine but also met other criteria to qualify for and pass a fairly rigorous examination process.
All you have to do to get licensed to practice medicine is graduate medical school, complete 1 year of training after med school (in most states), and pass a general exam. And frankly, doing all that is not real tough.
Getting boarded in one's specialty is considered passing a higher bar than that.
The site also works for finding other types of non-primary care boarded specialists too.
11-28-2008, 02:34 PM
Thanks for that link.
11-28-2008, 03:20 PM
You might also try AngiesList.
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