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Your Questions About How To Find A New Doctor

Betty asks…

Need to find a new doctor – how to make a good decision?

Our company changed insurances – I liked my previous doc, but she doesn’t participatein HMO. Chose a new doctor – don’t like her at all – no compassion, no return calls, etc. I have had no payment issues with her either, have paid all bills at the time of service, so it’s not that.

I have a list of doctors in my area who take new HMO patients. But how to determine whether they are good or I will like? I’ve had this cold now for over a week, nearly two – want to get a doctor who might be able to help and wish to change to a better doc, but don’t know how to determine the next one will be any better. We must report our desired change of doctors to the insurance before switching, so just making an appt. with any of them and going isn’t such an easy deal.

Also, what’s the difference between an “MD” and a “DO”? Is one better than the other for routine things like colds, respiratory infections and normal yearly physicals?

New Niche Finder answers:

Hi buffy
DO means “doctor of osteopathic” which means special emphasis is placed on bones
and muscles.
Here are some tips
1) see if doctor is board certified (this would probably be if you were searching for a specialist.
If it is something minor, family practice is probably just fine)

2) word of mouth…ask around. Coworkers, friends. Believe me, if people have bad expereinces with a doctor, they don’t hold back. Reverse is true, if someone really has a great doctor , they brag on them!

Truthfully, I think hmo’s are on the way out. Maybe switch to a doctor that was referred to you and pay cash.
Hope it all works out!

William asks…

too late to find a new doctor? 32 weeks pregnant.?

I am 32 weeks pregnant with my first babby, and have not had a good experience with my doctor ! i feel like i don’t even know her. she has never spent more then 10 minutes with me during my appointments and she is always very late. this is my first pregnancy so im not sure how these check up’s are SUPPOSED to be. all she does is measure my belly, listen to the heart beat, and say ” ok, see you next month”. she never asks me how im doing, or educate me on anything new about the pregnancy. if i am having an issue with my pregnancy i have to hurry up and ask her before she walks out of the room…

anyways, its established, she sucks in my opinion. is it too late to get a new doctor at this point? how does that work anyways? has anyone else had an experience like this? would you recommend i stay with her since she is the most knowledgeable about my pregnancy?

-if i do get a new doctor am i supposed to tell her that? how do i break the news? i would be really uncomfortable in that siltation but i just want someone to actually listen to me.

New Niche Finder answers:

No, it is never too late… If you are low risk you could even get a midwife now who will generally commit one hour per visit as well as promising to be at your delivery (some doctors do not). The most important thing for you and your child is to be comfortable with your practitioner, she is after all going to be the one coaching you through the most important experience of your life. Be honest with the other doctors or midwives you talk to… Tell them why you are switching and what you want from the experience but there is no need to say who your previous practicioner was except for them to get your records. I would suggest doing a birthplan and doing some research on practices since you have missed some serious time and education through your Doc. Look into the risks vs benefits of Episiotomy, Epidural, Vaccum/Forceps assisted delivery… These are all things that need your research and educated descision… Then be sure you and your practioner are ont he same page and they will respect your descisions.

Don’t sacrifice your quality of care… Chosing who will guide you and your child through this is literally the most important descision you have made. You deserve someone who makes you feel comfortable, important and respectful, someone who gives you what you want and need… Remember that you are paying them (well medicare but same thing) this means they are serving you, not the other way around. You would not go back to a hair dresser who gives you a crappy haircut…why on earth would you go back to a Doc who does not give you what you need.

Sandra asks…

Is it time to find a new doctor?

I see this doctor for depression. i’ve been on medication for the last 4 years and doing great. this doctor tells me i have to come in every month (which normally is about 2 1/2 to 3 weeks). i sit in the waiting room anywhere from an hour and a half to 2 1/2 hours. when i get that back there no joke its less then 5 min. he says are you still working at the same place? how‘s everything, he wants me a prescrpiton and i go. i have 3 months worth of scripts sitting around for going so much. its getting old because i don’t have the money to go in each month and pay my co pay, plus i work full time. i told the doctor this and asked if we can go over 3 months, he said no thats too long.

what made me mad was i have an appointment for tommorow and this morning i call saying i need to cancel because i just took in a stray kitten who was just spayed and needs some vacinations i need to get taken care of. i tell the receptionsit and she says well can you come in next week and i said i’ll need to see whats going on with my kitten and get my work schedule before i know for sure. she goes well then call me back and basically hung up. are they right to keep doing this? would you be looking for a new doctor? thanks everyone

New Niche Finder answers:

That sounds pretty ridiculous to me. Especially if you have been on the medication for so long. I could understand that kind of thing when you are starting out, but seriously 4 years later?! Thats crazy! He just wants your money.

I have been taking anti depressants for 4 months and i only go see my doctor if i feel like it.

Go look for a new doctor.

David asks…

is it time to find a new doctor?

i see this doctor for depression. i’ve been on medication for the last 4 years and doing great. this doctor tells me i have to come in every month (which normally is about 2 1/2 to 3 weeks). i sit in the waiting room anywhere from an hour and a half to 2 1/2 hours. when i get that back there no joke its less then 5 min. he says are you still working at the same place? how‘s everything, he wants me a prescrpiton and i go. i have 3 months worth of scripts sitting around for going so much. its getting old because i don’t have the money to go in each month and pay my co pay, plus i work full time. i told the doctor this and asked if we can go over 3 months, he said no thats too long.

what made me mad was i have an appointment for tommorow and this morning i call saying i need to cancel because i just took in a stray kitten who was just spayed and needs some vacinations i need to get taken care of. i tell the receptionsit and she says well can you come in next week and i said i’ll need to see whats going on with my kitten and get my work schedule before i know for sure. she goes well then call me back and basically hung up. are they right to keep doing this? would you be looking for a new doctor? thanks everyone
thanks tigerlily:)

New Niche Finder answers:

If you’re not satisfied with the treatment you are receiving, then you should definitely find another doctor. It’s your health. If you don’t feel it’s being handled properly, you need to take steps to rectify the problem, and if that means a new doctor, then that means a new doctor.

James asks…

Any tips for finding a new doctor?

My sinuses are constantly congested , and I just in general, feel awful.

I’ve been trying to get into a doctor, but no one that I called will see new patients. As a result, I’m constantly having to run to urgent care. They keep referring me to doctors– but again, I call these doctors time and time again, and no one will see me.

It doesn’t seem fair.

How am I supposed to see a doctor, and feel better, if no one will take the time to make an appointment with me?

New Niche Finder answers:

Try asking everyone you know for their doctor’s name and call all of them until you find one who will take new patients.

Hope this helps!

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