How to Find the Right Doctor for You

October 21, 2012

It can be one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make, especially if you face a difficult diagnosis.  Finding the right doctor is key to getting the right care for you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t feel bad if your doc doesn’t feel like the right fit. Just move on. That’s advice from someone who should know: ABC News Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser.  Dr. Besser took a look at how to navigate the doctor maze and make that all important decision for your health.  **Click on the video above to see his report.

One of Dr. Besser’s best tips is to find a doctor you know and feel comfortable with BEFORE you’re faced with a crisis.  A General Practitioner or Internist, who can help guide you to the right specialists, if needed.  It’s not always easy and it does take some work.  Here are a few points to consider when choosing a doctor:

  • Look at your health plan to see who’s covered
  • Get personal referrals from friends and family
  • Don’t be intimidated if the doctor you try isn’t a right fit– try another one
  • Ask your doctor who they to go – try to find the doctor’s doctor