I am trying to find a good GP for regular doctor visits but I am having a really hard time of it. When I go to my insurance company’s website they have a list of all of their approved doctors in my area and they break down whether or not they are accepting new patients right there on the site (which is marvelous!) but they also provide you with a lot of other information, some of which is kind of frightening to me.
They list on the site where the doctor graduated from medical school and the large majority of the doctors went to med school in Guatamala or Bucharest or other places that don’t lead me to think of “excellent education system” when I see the name and location of the school. If they were listed as going to universities in Toronto, London, Prague, Hong Kong, or any number of other cities or countries I wouldn’t have blinked but doctors being educated in places that are known for corruption or being unable to provide clean drinking water to their citizens don’t really inspire me to trust that they are turning out competent doctors.
I am also bothered by the fact that I am bothered by this. If this were my plumber, landlord, childcare provider, accountant, or any other service provider it wouldn’t bother me at all. I feel horrible about myself that I don’t really trust that a doctor from these places is as good as one from another nation. I am generally pretty open about giving people a chance (those people who remember my thread about going on a date with a PETA member know this!) but for some reason these doctors from what I consider to be questionable medical schools bother me despite the fact that they are obviously licensed to work in the US. After going through the list of doctors who accept my insurance and are accepting new patients and have educations that don’t scare me enough to make me want to perform my own medical care at home I came up with about 10 out of 150 possible choices. If I went back through the list with a fine toothed comb I could probably find others but seriously, 10 doctors?
So am I worried about nothing when I see a doctor who graduated from medical school in Paraguay or is my fear justified?