||Podcast: Choosing a Doctor
Debra: From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, I’m Debra
James with Healthcare 411: Information for better health.
How do you choose a doctor and make sure you make the best choice? Dr. Carolyn
Clancy has advice.
Dr. Clancy: Some people really like to ask friends, family, neighbors,
and even co-workers if they can suggest someone. I would also suggest calling
the office and see if you can speak directly to the clinician. Some are happy to
do this and don’t charge for a brief phone conversation. The next step, of
course, is to schedule a visit with your top choice. During that first visit you
will learn a lot about just how easy it is to talk with the doctor. You need to
select a clinician who meets your medical needs. And it is really important to
feel comfortable with the doctor you choose, because that person will be your
partner in taking care of your health.
Debra: To learn more about this and dozens of other health topics, go to
healthcare411.ahrq.gov. Healthcare 411 is a production of the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services.