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pcbatiks
July 7th, 2014, 03:39 PM
I am looking to find another doctor for routine checkups...etc. Tired of being interrupted when I'm asking questions or talking........tired being talked over........dr not paying enough attention & missing important details in our conversations.......being rushed because it was the end of the day.

Looking for advice or do's & don'ts on best way to handle this properly in the age of everything being on computers.

Thanks. :)

K. McEuen
July 7th, 2014, 03:44 PM
I would ask local friends if they are happy with their doctors and ask for recommendations there. If you have a specialist doctor that you see, ask him/her for a recommendation too, explaining the issues you have with your current doctor. If you are feeling really ornery, ask your current doctor for a recommendation and tell him why you are asking. He may not even realize what he's doing ...

I did that with my orthopedic surgeon before. Shocked the heck out of him, then I told him he had been a complete jerk for months before he went on vacation.

cyndiofthevortex
July 7th, 2014, 03:53 PM
Good luck with your search. My wonderful doctor moved away and I was so sad. Turns out, the doc who replaced her is even more wonderful! I know I am really lucky. I've had bad doctors in the past and it's so disappointing. You need to be able to trust your doctor, and you can't trust someone who doesn't listen to you. You're right in looking for someone else. And I agree with Karen (nothing unusual there!) that you should ask friends for recommendations. I'd recommend my doctor but you drive up here so seldom it might not be convenient.

Claire OneStitchAtATime
July 7th, 2014, 04:19 PM
It is difficult to find a good one. Asking around for recommendations is a good idea, & then if you & your insurance plan can afford it make an appt. with more than one of the recommended doctors to find one that is a good fit. It is a little awkward going in there & saying you are looking for a new dr & you want to talk to them & get a sense if they are the right person for you, but that's what I did last time I needed to switch & I'm glad I shopped around a bit. I met with two before picking somebody. With both of them I made a regular appointment & talked over my current health situation & that give me an idea of whether they were the kind of doctor I was looking for. It was a bit more time & form-filling & a second copay but that was worth it to switch to someone I respected & found compatible.

Good luck. Doctors who won't listen drive me crazy.

bhaggerty
July 7th, 2014, 05:21 PM
Ask other people who their dr is and what they like about them. One draw back about the really good doctors that take time/listen is that they often tend to run behind. To me though it is worth it because I know that they will give me attention when needed as well.

Sandy Navas
July 7th, 2014, 06:24 PM
Good luck. When I moved back here I found someone I really, truly liked. However the last couple times I've seen him I've wanted to slap the snot out of him . . . sometimes their heads do get big.

Susann
July 7th, 2014, 06:54 PM
I would suggest Angie's list if you aren't having luck with recommendations. I used it several times for dr. recommendations. I just signed up today to add the city my youngest goes to college in. So far, have tracked down several highly recommended ones for her to start checking out.

New York Sue
July 7th, 2014, 08:17 PM
My family doc is an 'okay' sort of fellow, but I'm not pleased with the small hospital he is affiliated with. During my DH pulmonologists appointment, I asked for a recommendation, and received the generic 'we have plenty of general practitioners on staff', yadda, yadda.....
I put out a name that was recommended by a friend. He replied, 'just so happens, she's my doctor'. Good enough for me!
Now to break the long standing relationship with my doctor...
Good luck in your search! If you know someone in the medical field, that would be a great starting point.

alliek
July 7th, 2014, 08:37 PM
We asked our GP for a "new" cardiologist for my DH and told him he reasons why, they are the same as Pam's. He recommended and made the appointment with a new doc. We love him. Ask around. If you know or know of someone who has access to a health professional, nurses,therapists etc. I would ask them. My experience has been that what you see as a negative in a doc is also seen by his peers or staff or other personnel in the business, and this goes for "good" docs as well. Reach out. Good Luck.

Terry L
July 7th, 2014, 09:08 PM
I would ask local friends if they are happy with their doctors and ask for recommendations there. If you have a specialist doctor that you see, ask him/her for a recommendation too, explaining the issues you have with your current doctor. If you are feeling really ornery, ask your current doctor for a recommendation and tell him why you are asking. He may not even realize what he's doing ...

I did that with my orthopedic surgeon before. Shocked the heck out of him, then I told him he had been a complete jerk for months before he went on vacation.

I agree , you sometimes need to speak up. I had to become very proactive . I have to many health issues and felt I wasn't getting the proper treatment. For the first time in 7 years I feel comfortable with the team of Doctors I now have but only because I spoke up. Just remember the Doctors work for you .

Familyjournals
July 7th, 2014, 09:38 PM
The very best way us to ask those that get to know them by working with or around them. Ask as many nurses that you know, hospice workers, those that work in different positions at the local hospital, or insta care facilities. Pharmacists are also a great recourse. They see the doctors bed side manners, the results of their service rendered and how they treat those not on their pay scale. Very telling about what service you would get.