For some, visiting the doctor can be a daunting task. That is why finding a good, knowledgeable, and reputable doctor is extremely important. Not only will your checkups and other visitations feel more comfortable, but you will also feel more confident in any advice, tips, or knowledge your physician shares with you. Additionally, this can help you avoid different forms of medical negligence.
To help, we have provided a list of things to examine when finding a good doctor.
The Top Four Tips For Finding a Good Doctor
1. Consult with Your Insurance Company
To get the best bang for your buck, get a list of doctors and practices in your insurance company’s network. Next, call the offices you are interested in to be sure that they still accept your insurance. This is important because doctors add and drop different insurance plans on a regular basis.
2. Be Aware of Red Flags
The Federation of State Medical Boards has designed a database called, “Docinfo.” This database lists any and all disciplinary actions that have been made against doctors all over the country. While some actions are the result of minor issues, others have made for serious and detrimental malpractice issues.
3. Ask About the Office Policies
Some doctor’s offices will require a specific amount of time between the scheduling of your appointment and your actual appointment. Also, it is important to ask if the office can fit you in for a same-day appointment in case you find yourself in need of visitation immediately.
4. Consider the Relationship Between You and Your Doctor
It is important that you feel comfortable discussing personal issues with your doctor. Although some topics can be uncomfortable to speak about with anyone, many topics and discussions can be necessary for treatments and recovery. Consider the following.
- Can you talk to your doctor about personal issues?
- Does the doctor listen to you thoroughly?
- Does the doctor ask you about any symptoms?
Have You Had a Bad Experience with a Doctor or Doctor’s Office?
The Washington D.C. medical malpractice lawyers at The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson M.D., J.D. & Associates want you to have comfortable and successful visits to the doctor’s office. That is why we are committed to helping those who have been wrongly harmed by negligent doctors and other healthcare professionals.
If you have suffered harm due to a doctor’s negligence, contact the Washington D.C. medical malpractice attorneys from our firm today! We are committed to helping our clients recover the compensation they deserve.
Dr. Michael M. Wilson is an attorney and a physician who earned his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his legal and medical degrees from Georgetown University. He has focused in the area of medical malpractice for more than three decades and secured more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of clients throughout the country. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and New York as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is listed in America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators.