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How to Find a Good Primary Care Physician

The most crucial step in taking control of your own wellbeing is to find a reliable primary care physician. I see many too many people these days who simply open up their local phone books and choose a physician based on an advertisement in the yellow pages or on television. This is, in my view, the wrong way to choose your own personal physician. Have a look at Partida Corona Medical Center.

The following are the steps you should take:

  1. Find out who the family and friends go to for their primary care. Request a list of references from them.
  2. Request a referral from the nearest doctor or the hospital to which you choose to travel. Physician Referral Hotlines are available at many hospitals these days.
  3. Contact the state’s medical board. Request that they refer you to a few doctors, and make it clear that you do not want any referrals to troublesome physicians who have been the subject of complaints. In addition, you can review the credentials of any physician you are considering with your state medical board.
  4. Consult with several local nurses. If you don’t know any nurses, ask your friends and family if they know someone who does. I always get the best referrals from nurses, who are also aware of who is the best in the field of a particular medical specialty.
  5. Contact the insurance provider. Many insurance providers will now assist you in finding the ideal provider, because they are also aware of any physician who has had lawsuits levied against him or her, details that you would not otherwise be aware of.

Take a seat and jot down the names of the doctors who have been referred to you, then go through your chart. Remove the others if you are just happy with one sex (male or female).

You can verify their credentials by calling the state medical board. You can also go online to look up information at the American Medical Association’s website.