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Selecting a Doctor

Choosing a Doctor

Choosing a doctor can be a difficult and worrisome task, even under the best of circumstances. The doctor-patient relationship involves something that we value greatly, our health. This relationship has always been an important one, involving trust, openness, and compassion and therefore remains one of the most difficult, important decisions we make.

A recent study indicates that more than one in eight people changed their primary doctor last year. Although this may seem an unusual or alarming statistic, it largely reflects the times and current state of health care in the United States.

People may seek a new doctor for the following reasons:

  • The doctor retired or is moving or unavailable
  • Quality of care
  • The quality and service of the office staff
  • Convenience
  • Health plan changes by the doctor or a change in insurance by the patient
  • Change of location

Whether you are choosing a doctor for the first time or changing doctors, this process can be a daunting task. You must undertake the decision with care and planning so that the outcome is satisfactory.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/24/2015

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