How to find a qualified doctor near you

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When it comes to finding a doctor, it can be a bit overwhelming.

A good first step is to ask for a referral, contact other doctors that you know and ask for doctors or practices they trust.

Experts say you can also call your insurance company or Medicare to find potential candidates.

There is a wide variety of websites that provide a list of doctors, their professional histories, ratings and reviews.

Here are a few of the best sites to help you choose the right doctor:

  • Healthgrades.com : It's a comprehensive, easy-to-use site that provides a rating scale from past patients and lists the doctor's education, training, hospital affiliations, board certifications, awards and malpractice records. It also lists insurance plans and office locations.
  • Vitals.com : It provides background information on awards, expertise, hospital affiliations and ratings from patients. There is also a patient comment section.
  • RateMDs.com : It provides ratings on staff, punctuality, helpfulness and knowledge. Patients can also post questions and answers about doctors.
  • SurgeonRatings.org : This tool allows you to type in your zip code and search for top-performing surgeons in 14 surgical areas. The ratings are based on an analysis of federal government records.
  • Look Up Tool: If you want to see how many times a doctor did a particular procedure and what they charge, check out the look up tool.

Once you find a few doctors, you need to call their office to verify that they still accept your insurance, and if they are accepting new patients.

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