So I moved into a new area.

My dad got me a doctor but he and I don't see eye to eye.

At first it was my intuition which sensed something off about him but then I began to sense that this new doctor was needy and unconfident.

Even if he isn't, I just have a feeling that this doctor is not the right one for me so now I want to get a new doctor.

From what I know so far, I'll have to:

1. Search for doctors accepting new patients in my area.

2. Check their qualifications on the medical board.

3. Check patient reviews on doctor review sites.

4. Meet the doctors and ask them "interview" questions.

5. Decide which doctor I want to be my doctor.

Is there anything I'm missing from the list? Does anyone know how to interview a doctor without coming off on the wrong foot?

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0. Get the list of doctors who accept your insurance from your insurance company. There may be 2 lists: "preferred" or "tier one" vel cetera doctors, where you pay a lower co-pay, and "approved" or "tier 2" vel cetera, where you'll pay more out of pocket.

Having worked in healthcare, I don't put much stock in your steps 2 and 3. You don't often hear about internists/general practitioners/family doctors being unqualified, especially if they take insurance. The insurance companies are sometimes more rigorous in approving doctors than the States. And what one patient dislikes may be the preferred style for another, as you experienced.

As for 4, I've never heard of interviewing a primary care physician before receiving healthcare. My family has done it at the first medical appointment, to decide if we'll be back. And it's recommended when choosing an obstetrician and a pediatrician, but unless you have strong or unusual views about contemporary medical practice, I don't know what you'd ask. And I don't know a doctor who would give up his time, unpaid, to be grilled by a customer. (I'm sure the "best" would, but the return on the doctor's time is far off. It's like a restaurant giving you a full meal for free in the hopes you'll come back several times.)

I'm curious, though, what questions you intend to ask.


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