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Your Questions About How To Find A New Doctor

Sandra asks…

Which medical doctors work the least hours? What is the salary of this doctor?

I want to become a doctor, help people, and of course have a good salary. However, I want to have hours at home so that I can see family and just do things that I would like to do. I have heard that doctors have brutal hours.

New Niche Finder answers:

Please do not become a doctor. Being a doctor isn’t like working at Wall-Mart. If you are lazy or not into it, people can DIE. Besides, it sounds like you are way too lazy to make it through the training anyway. The average doctor works at least 60 hours a week when you take into account all the paperwork they have to do in order to avoid being sued by people who would rather make their money by suing people rather than working (so lazy people, people like you).

William asks…

What is the difference between a family practice doctor and an internal medicine doctor?

I have lower back pain recently and i would prefer to go to a women doctor to get it checked. But the only women doctor at the clinic i go to is a family practice doctor. Is a internal medicine doctor better than family practice doctor? Whats the difference?

New Niche Finder answers:

The first answer is totally wrong. Once you get out of medical school, you can specialize in many different things. 2 of them are internal medicine and family practice. Not all doctors have a “degree” in internal medicine.

Internal medicine is an adult-centered specialty, which concentrates on an understanding of how the body works as a whole and all of the physiologic processes that go on inside it. A general internist can work in either a hospital or community setting and treats many common diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, pain, etc, and refers to others as needed.

A family practice doctor is trained in pediatric and adult medicine. They are more well versed in general care of all ages and sexes. Family practice docs are often more community based, but there are many that work in hospitals too. A family practice doctor is more qualified to be a “jack-of-all-trades”, doing general gynecologic, medical , and minor surgical needs, which makes them ideal for a rural doctor where there are few other docs around.

The short answer is, you’ll be fine going to the family practice doctor for your pain. An internal med or family practice doc will know when to refer you if necessary. Good luck!

Thomas asks…

What doctor should I see if I got high fever and cough?

I am an adult around 20 years old. What doctor should I see if I got high fever (around 103 after taking medicine) and cough? Since there are many categories of doctors, I don’t know which one to choose. Could you also recommend any good doctors in West Los Angeles or Santa Monica working on Saturday?

New Niche Finder answers:

You need to see a family practice doctor or general practitioner. On a weekend you should check your phone book for urgent care locations. If you can’t find an urgent care that’s open and your temp still is hanging at 102 or higher an hour after taking tylenol or ibuprofen go to an emergency room.

Richard asks…

What happens to patient’s medical records if your doctor dies suddenly?

If your primary care doctor is in practice alone without other physicians and dies suddenly what happens to patient’s medical records? Are patients allowed to obtain the records themselves if they don’t have another doctor?

New Niche Finder answers:

Yes. The HIPAA medical privacy law gives you the right to see and get copies of your own medical records. There are a few exceptions. For example, HIPAA does not give you the right to access psychotherapy notes or information compiled for use in litigation. Your request may also be denied if the provider decides access to the records could result in harm to you or another person.

In addition to HIPAA, many states have laws that allow patients or their designated representatives access medical records. State laws may give you more, but not less, privacy than HIPAA.

Upon the doctor’s death, it is customary for the office staff to keep the office open for a reasonable amount of time to allow patients to retrieve their records, settle accounts, etc.

John asks…

How do a person find a doctor to get a second opinion regarding their health?

I would not like my regulat doctor to know as I would like it private.

New Niche Finder answers:

It’s a hard commitment to the doctor but, they understand and that’s why they use a referral. To get a second opinion especially for something serious, after all it’s your body. If he says you need surgery or etc, and etc, it’s a life type of commitment and he does not expect you to use his judgment unless it’s a right now type of life saving situation.

Ask him if you can see a specialist, if he does get angry then you don’t want him for a doctor to start with. It will save you time and money if you do tell him your going to get another opinion though. Now, think about it. He has all your records, your X-rays etc. The new doctor will put you thought the whole process without your records so, to save time, tell him and take your records with you, let the newbie know that it’s a second opinion but you don’t have to tell him what your doctor said, your there for his opinion not an agreement.

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