Selecting a Physician
In order to find the best physician, you need to think about what's important to you. You also need to know what to look for and what questions to ask in making your choice.
Finding a Primary Care Physician
Your primary care physician plays a key role in diagnosing health problems, discussing options for care including screening and disease prevention strategies and health promotion, and making referrals as needed for quality care.
Finding a Specialist
Depending on your diagnosis or condition, your physician may recommend that you see a specialist. A specialist is someone who has training and experience in a specific disease or condition and is considered to be an expert in the field.
Questions to Ask When Selecting a Physician
Operated by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this website focuses on educating the public on finding and receiving safe, quality healthcare.
DocFinder Search Administrators in Medicine (AIM) National Organization for State Medical & Osteopathic Board Executive Directors
The AIM DocFinder is the only combined public online physician database in the nation that has its direct source of data from state government licensing boards and that also remains free of charge to the public. DocFinder contains the licensing background and disciplinary information of physicians and other healthcare practitioners.
The American Board of Medical Specialties focuses on the advancement of medical education, setting the standards and processes for certifying and re-certifying physicians, and providing products and services for verifying physician certification.
Did You Know?
Overtreatment leads to complications and increases health care costs. Overuse is well documented. Experts estimate that 16% of hysterectomies and 17% of coronary angiograms performed each year are unnecessary. (Schulte, Healthcare Delivery in the USA: An Introduction)