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HOW TO BY LAURA ARENSCHIELD

HOW TO

FIND A NEW
DOCTOR

Do the research, weigh your options
and make a choice

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The best doctors are
wise wellness guides,
reliable confidants and
dependable guardians of our health.
They are the people we go to for
everything from a cold that just
won't go away to a new lump that's
keeping us up at night.
We trust them to care for the people we love. We trust them with our
very lives.
Also, we visit them a lot. In 2016,
nearly 85 percent of U.S. adults-and
nearly 93 percent of U.S. children-
interacted with a doctor at some
point, according to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. In
2015, U.S. physicians received more
than 990 million office visits, more
than three per person, based on the
2015 population of the United States.
More than half of those visits were to
primary care physicians.
But picking a doctor can be difficult.
"Years ago, you would choose a
doctor based on a recommendation from one person," says Gwen
Darien, executive vice president for
patient advocacy at the National
Patient Advocate Foundation. "And
now, there are lots of places you can
look for advice in finding that doctor. It can be overwhelming."
Try these five tips for choosing a
new doctor. These apply whether
it's a primary care provider or a
specialist, for you or for someone
you love. Ideally, you'll choose a new
doctor before you're in an urgent
situation, to give yourself time to
do due diligence. But in a pinch,
you can do as many of these steps
as possible.



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