What do you look for in a Dr.? When do you change Drs.?

@writersedge (22577)
United States
August 23, 2007 9:16am CST
What do you look for in a Dr.? Do you check his/her credentials? Do you go by referals from friends/relatives? Does your current Dr. refer you to other Drs? Do you have your own set of criteria? I've gone through a lot of Drs. They seem OK for awhile, but then they seem to not be as good. Too rushed to care, become so old that can't hear my heartmurmur or see my blepheritis in my eyes, or start making crazy diagnosis that make you wonder what they've been drinking.
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• Hong Kong
1 Sep 07
Well, I stay with the same doctor since I was a kid. My family visited him and he is really good! But he is getting old now and I suspect he is going to retire in the next couple of years. Usually when I visit him, he would cure me one time and he doesn't give out antibiotics (which is good). I remember I went to another doctor at one time because mine was on leave and that one sucked really bad! And I really don't understand why he is not closed down!
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
1 Sep 07
Instead of antibiotics, what does he tend to use? I have DRs. I like and my friends can't stand them and vice versa. I can't figure it out either. Take care
@sandwedge (1341)
• Malaysia
24 Aug 07
i travel and move around a lot all over the globe so i never have the luxury of sticking with one particular doctor. usually if i need to see one, i would ask my colleague for a recommendation. i somehow always prefers old doctors. they seems o know whats going on most of the time and not in it for the money. the young doctors, however, most are just starting out and have not taken pride in their work as oppose to trying to pay for the brand new sports car they just bought.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
24 Aug 07
I find middle age is about right. Really old, they can't see or hear anymore. One told me my heart murmur had gone away and my next Dr. said it now sounded like a 2 when it had been a one all my life. Young it seems like I always have something they've never seen before. But you wonder what they have seen. Take care
@suspenseful (40314)
• Canada
23 Aug 07
I seldom go to a doctor, unless I have a problem. Our emergency rooms are so crowded, that if I had even a little thing wrong, I would stay at home and wait to get better. I had trouble with bleeding down there once, and had to wait over eight hours in the waiting room, then after the doctor checked me, they made me an appointment for another hospital that specialized in that field The doctor there told me that my problem was common, gave me some recommendations, and told me if it happened with the same severity the next time, to let her know. Because it was a female problem, ovarian tumors and because of my age, I had a woman doctor. Usually most of the doctors I see are men. That hospital did give me a thorough checkup, blood pressure and all that. I really should get my own doctor, but I had bad experiences and so are still wary.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
24 Aug 07
Yes, I hear you. Female problems are about the only time I have a good Dr. Maybe something in one of the responses here will assist you. Stay tuned.
@Laurla98 (786)
• United States
23 Aug 07
I usually go by referrals from friends and family. I trust their opinions more than another physician. I've noticed that doctors will refer you to their friends that are doctors & don't necessarily send you a doctor that could really help you. I've found the best trick to not be rushed, is to get an appointment as early in the day as possible and don't go on a Monday. Everyone that couldn't see them over the weekend gets squeezed in on Monday's so you may have to wait.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
24 Aug 07
Good advice. Thank you very much. I've noticed what you have also about Drs. sending you to their friends. I try to get early appointments, too. Unfortunately, Mondays are when I usually end up having to go, but you make a good point there, too. Take care, I'm sure you helped someone today.