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How Do You Find a Good Doctor?

Monday, December 03, 2012

I got a call from my doctor's office. She is no longer accepting my health insurance. I was encouraged to change insurance providers, but as much trouble as I had getting insurance I think it makes more sense to change doctors. My current doctor is older than I am and she will certainly retire soon anyway. I have Humana HMO coverage. On the web site it shows 48 doctors who accept my insurance within 5 miles of my house. Any suggestions on how to choose a doctor? Thanks for any input you can give me!

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PEGGYANNSCH 12/5/2012 11:27AM


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WATERMELLEN 12/4/2012 8:33PM

    Any doctor would be thrilled to have a healthy role model like you for a patient!!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/4/2012 8:24PM

    I have a great doctor who has an office right down 98 from where you live. He accepts most health plans and takes his time with every patient. Other doctors go to him so you know he's great!

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GABY1948 12/4/2012 7:43AM

    I hope you find a good one. I'm sure it will all work out for your BEST! emoticon

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PMFISH 12/3/2012 10:41PM

    I would have asked at the Dr.'s office if they had a recommendations and then googled them to see if there was any information online. Do you have a preference, male or female? Anyone living within that area that you value their opinion ask who they might recommend. I have one that I really like up by the Mease Countryside hospital if that is anywhere close to you. Send me an e-mail if that would work. I am not sure if he handles Humana or not. I switched to Universal last year and have been very pleased. It is Dr. owned and it is located in St. Petersburg.

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DONNABRIGHT 12/3/2012 9:06PM

    Looks like you alrady have lots of good advice. I'll be changing doctors in January and dread the process but I do have a good recommendation for me at this end of the county.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/3/2012 7:49PM

    I got lucky and kind of "backed in" to my current doctor. He was new to the practice when I needed a doctor, and had the most space... and we clicked! He's young, too... hopefully his practice will always accept the insurance my employer provides (so far they have changed carriers 3 times, and he's accepted them all).

I agree with the others... ask around, and try them out. It's OK to "interview" a doctor, to see if his/her philosophy of health care matches yours! Good luck!

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FROSTY99 12/3/2012 6:54PM

    I agree with some of the others-ask friends and neighbors if any of them go to the drs on your list. Also ask other health care workers such as nurses at your local hospital. However, never limit yourself-if you don't like the dr, then you need to move on because I think you need a dr who you can relate to.
My DH had an orthopedic surgeon he had seen previously, but they did not click and he had no confidence in him so we asked our internist for a recommendation and then checked with friends and found 2 who had gone to him and loved him. We also talked to some nurses in other dr's offices and one had had surgery done by him and thought he was fantastic. So, that is who we met with and he did the surgery and we are impressed and would certainly recommend him.

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MSLZZY 12/3/2012 5:38PM

    Talk to your friends who go to some of these
doctors and see who they like.

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MIRAGE727 12/3/2012 3:36PM

    I've checked for reviews on line. We had the perfect doctor in Northern Virginia. We moved down here. I chose a doctor for me, she only had to misdiagnose me once and she was outta here. I finally found a doctor I liked AND he's a runner. D still hasn't made up her mind. Let us know how you did, Marsha. All the best!

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MEXGAL1 12/3/2012 3:08PM

    a good doctor is so important.....can you interview them? also google them so you can see if anyone has any big complaints.
hopefully with all your running and good eating your won't really need a doctor for a while.
have a nice evening.

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JOYINKY 12/3/2012 2:32PM

    I've changed insurance 3X over the years to keep my Dr. ! I dread the day that he retires. I agree with what's already been said---talk to people and ask around. There are probably some good ways to research it on the internet too but that doesn't account for "chemistry". My Dr. inspires confidence and respects (actually listens to!) what I have to say. Good luck and don't be afraid to keep trying until you find one you like!

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_LINDA 12/3/2012 2:03PM

    Ask any friends and acquaintances who they like, if you were happy with the Dr. you have, you could even ask her. My family Dr. was always good at finding me the best specialists to go to. In my province we even have an online Dr. rating system where patients write in and say whether they like a Dr. or not, and if not give their complaints, its really handy, but don't know if you would have it in the US or not. You can also look up their board certification and credentials online to see how up to date they are with their continuing education.
But best is a referral from people happy with their service!
Good luck with it! I dread losing my Dr. as I have had her since I was 16, but I know she is leaning towards retirement too.

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TRAVELGRRL 12/3/2012 2:01PM

    Wow, 48 doctors within 5 miles! That's amazing. When we moved to this town I asked my new coworkers who they went to and got a great recommendation. Even though this doctor is in a town about 40 minutes away, she is worth the drive!

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HOLLYM48 12/3/2012 1:56PM

    I agree with Chum48. Try one and if you don't care for him/her, try someone else the next time. emoticon

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CHUM48 12/3/2012 1:39PM

    It truly is a trial and error thing even here in Canada! Good luck with the search!

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