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Think back to how you found your last doctor – maybe in an old-fashioned way like you asked around, your sister, your neighbor or your colleague. Or maybe you have simply picked the first one that popped up in a Google search. Do you choose your smartphone like it? Perhaps, the answer would be “No”.
Finding a doctor is one of the crucial health decisions that you make but the fact is that most of us spend more time in researching our next smart phone than the doctor. A right doctor can lead to the path of good health by fostering a healthy and communicative relationship with you. It means finding a doctor is not an easy job and I think it should not be. After all, it is a matter of your life and you must be confident that this particular individual is smart with professional qualification and the right set of skills.
So how can you find a doctor of your dreams? Follow the steps below and you will be well on your way.
What kind of doctor you need
Finding a doctor depends upon the kind of care you are looking for. For instance, a physician or a primary care doctor helps keep you healthy, provides you care for almost all of your medical needs and is your go-to-doc, when you are sick. A specialist has deeper knowledge yet narrower skill set and may serve you only for a short-term purpose like diagnosing an ailment and designing a treatment plan. You must begin with a physician who can then direct you to the right kind of specialist (if the need arises).
Check out his Credentials
After going through extensive research, you have jotted down a list of doctors but before finalizing the one, you must check out his field of expertise inside out such as years of experience, their reputation in the market, efficiency and the hospitals he has been attached with a specialist. No need to limit yourself to the doctors who graduated from the expensive medical colleges around.
Do not settle for anything less than the best
You must find a doctor that fits well with your personality. Does your doctor make you feel comfortable during your visit? Does he have time to listen to your concerns or he interrupts you? Does he engage you in meaningful conversation explaining what he hears from you or what he sees? Definitely, doctors are no less busy but they will try to answer all your queries. Patients do not prefer following the recommendations of doctors who tend to keep their appointments short or abrupt “factory like”. Conversely, a positive doctor-patient relationship with consideration of patient’s needs can pay off in long-term health benefits.
In short, finding a good doctor is a bit tough but taking control of your health is worth the extra effort.
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