How to choose new doctors

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  1. StudentTeach

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    I'm signing up for the insurance plan with my new school and my insurance company will change. I'm a new resident to the state anyway so I did not have any doctors from my previous plan that I would really like to keep seeing on the new plan so I can just start fresh. How do you go about picking doctors? Back in my home state I went to a DO (as opposed to an MD) and really loved her; she also did ob/gyn services so I didn't have to go to someone else for that. How did you pick your doctors??
     
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  3. MissCeliaB

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    Call and see if they are accepting new patients. Also, I've gone to sit in the waiting room before to see how quickly people get back to see the doctor, and if the staff is nice.
     
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    If you know people in the area, and ideally on your same health plan, ask for recommendations.

    The way I've found my doctors and specialists has been either through recommendations or trial and error. The second way is a lot less fun but sometimes you just don't know how a doctor will be until you actually meet them and see how their office runs.

    I also prefer DOs. My primary care physician and OB/GYN are DOs. Maybe if you start by searching for plan-approved DOs, your search will start out a little smaller and easier to manage.
     
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    I would ask around. Look at reviews online.
     
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    My son needed a neurlogist. I sent an email to all of my co-workers. I got some recommendations that way. I also asked the parent of one of my students.
     
  7. bros

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    To find my doctors, I usually ask one of my other doctors, but when they run out of recommendations because I have already visited that specialist and they want an even more specialized specialist, I usually look around.

    Look at your insurance site.

    When finding my current neurologist, I looked at who evaluated my EEGs at a local medical center, as I knew they ran a practice. I went with them and the neuro I see there is rather good.

    In the case of my cardiac electrophysiologist, there was a choice between three in my state: one an hour away, one two hours away, and the other 1.5 hours away.

    You may also want to search for <state> best doctors or <Nearby city> best doctors. Like in NJ, there is nymag, which says who are the best doctors in the NYC Metropolitan area. My neurologist and electrophysiologist are on that list.

    Also, when you find a doctor name, google them, look at reviews, particularly on vitals.com and healthgrades
     
  8. Special-t

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    See if you local Yelp.com has Dr. reviews. I was able to narrow down my choices using Yelp.
     

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