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5 WAYS TO DECIDE ON THE RIGHT DOCTOR
30 October 2019
Don’t we all just dread going to the doctor? We’ll pop a pill, Google for more info or just try home remedies by our grandparents. Sometimes, these all are simply not enough and going to the doctor is our last resort. Now the question arises, which doctor do we go to? Well, it isn’t complicated anymore. Here are 6 ways to go about finding the right doctor for you:
1. DO SOME SOCIAL NETWORKING
Don’t you ask your friends about great places to eat or movies to watch on the weekend? Why don’t you ask them for a good doctor or health specialist too? Word-of-mouth is still one of the most effective ways of finding the right doctor. That’s because a lot of times, your friends and family have already experienced the diagnosis or treatment from a particular doctor. Therefore, this brings in a certain trust factor before you book your appointment or visit a doctor.
2. CHECK THE RATINGS & CREDENTIALS
There are several online websites, apps, and communities that rate and review doctors, hospitals and clinics. These can be a handy tool, given the fact that they are based on experiences and treatment of health experts. Check the ratings as well as do thorough research about your doctor regarding his degrees or his medical license to practice. After all, you’re talking about your health and nothing comes above that. Either you can check it online or else at the health facility.
4. NEED A SPECIALIST?
Self-diagnosis can add to your problems. Quite often, we think we have an infection when it might be a minor flu. We surf online and research the symptoms, which more often than not show some serious disease (which might not be the case for you). Therefore, the first thing you should do is seek an opinion of your general physician or family doctor. Go to a specialist only on his recommendation, otherwise, you are only adding to the whole medical process.
5. GET APPOINTMENTS AT THE RIGHT TIME AND PLACE
You want a doctor that’s readily available and not too far from the neighborhood unless it’s some rare medical condition or lack of medical facilities around your place. If you have a health condition that requires regular visits to the doctor or timely diagnosis, then you should be looking at a doctor near your area or workplace.
6. BUILD A RAPPORT
It’s important to build a good understanding with the doctor. Put your mobile phone on silent and be attentive to what he is saying. If the doctor seems to be intimidating you with medical jargon and terms, then ask him to explain in simple terms. Let him speak without interruption and then ask the relevant questions.
THE FINAL PRESCRIPTION
No matter the time, money or effort, always find the right doctor for you as nothing is more important than your health or life. Even after all the research and referrals, it will take at least a couple of appointments to come to a conclusion regarding a doctor. Make sure you are patient and give the right time and effort before judging a doctor.