My primary care doctor is getting impossible to see, I think she’s gearing up for retirement too, so it’s best to bite the bullet and find a new doc.
I doc shopped for my gyno and my dermatologist several years back. It was incredibly annoying and time consuming but I’m very pleased with both. My gyno is boarded in internal medicine and has been gracious enough to do my physical although this year I need more advanced bloodwork and he (gently but firmly) pushed me to find another PCP during my last visit.
How can I effectively choose a new doc without trying a bunch out, each time I need to see someone?
Conditions/Positives: I live in the city very close to lots of hospitals and I have excellent insurance. I’d like someone boarded in internal medicine. I’d like a male doc.
Negatives: I am in my mid 20’s and none of my friends or colleagues go to the doctor. If the girls go to a gyno, it’s because I recommended mine. Then there are some without health insurance. Older people in my “sphere” live in and visit physicians in particular suburbs they live in. Angie’s list has few reviews and the reviews that do exist are mostly for women.
It’s almost absurd that I can more easily find reviews of gastropubs than healthcare providers; I must be missing some key ingredient.