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How to Choose a Doctor

Whether you are looking for a new primary care physician or need to consult a specialist, you know that choosing the right doctor can be a stressful decision. Your health or the health of your loved ones is on the line, so you want to make sure that you find a doctor who will put your best interests first. Here are a few things that you can look into to make sure you make the right choice.

Qualifications

The first thing you should check is what kind of certificates your doctor has. Since every doctor in America has to at least go through medical school before they can achieve certification, you can look at where they got their diplomas and even research the schools they attended. If any certificate seems suspicious or inauthentic, that could suggest a doctor practicing illegally in an area.  

History

Next, you should examine the doctor’s history. Some things to look for are if there were any complaints filed against the doctor. If they’re a surgeon, if they lost any patients and why, if that information is available. Most importantly, you want to see if the doctor in question has been involved in any medical malpractice lawsuits. If they haven’t, then looking for other red flags of medical malpractice instances that were reported will give you an idea of what to expect.

Areas of Expertise

Even if you’re not looking for a specialist for a certain condition, knowing what a doctor is most comfortable working with will help your decision. For example, if you or someone in your family has diabetes, then a doctor who has experience with a lot of patients with diabetes will be more likely to recognize specific symptoms that other doctors might overlook. Finding not only a reliable doctor but one that will understand your needs will greatly improve your doctor-patient relationship, which will save you time, money, and headaches in the future.

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