Here’s a New Prescription for Finding Dr. Right

TheRightDoctorCFinding the right doctor isn’t always easy, but when you do, it can mean living a healthier life, or the difference between life and death.

In fact, until now, consumers have not had access to information that would allow them to find the right doctor for their individual needs. Instead, Americans have had to rely on word of mouth to find a physician—either from friends, family members, their doctor or their insurance provider. While a reference can be helpful and well-meaning, the problem is that the referral is not subjective and only gives a snapshot of a particular doctor—one who may (or may not) be the best fit for your needs.

Study Urges Patients to Look to Websites for Care

For most people, finding a doctor is typically based on a referral from a family member, friend or another health professional. The reality, however, is that the face of health care is changing, and now it’s more important than ever to understand your choices.

With the wealth of information available on websites like Healthgrades (www.healthgrades.com), an online resource that provides consumers with information about doctors and hospitals, there is no reason that consumers should not treat their health care the same way they treat other purchases—by performing their due diligence and being proactive when choosing their provider and plan.