The Doctor Makes the Difference - Look at The Physician's Credentials

When you relocate or get new health insurance, it can be difficult to figure out which doctor you should go to. You trust your health to your doctor so you wouldn’t want to choose one without checking them out first. While many people rely on referrals from friends or family, it’s also important to check out a physician’s credentials. The following tips can help you choose a physician by knowing what to look for.

  • Insurance Directory – Today insurance plans are making it both easy and difficult to find a doctor. The good news is that they’ll provide you with a directory of physicians you can visit, but the bad news is that you probably won’t know how to choose which one of them to visit. Start by choosing a few who are close by and then you can begin your research.
  • Board Certification – The next step is to check whether or not the doctors are “board certified”. That means they earned their medical degree from a qualified medical school and then completed three to seven years of accredited residency training. It also means they are licensed by a state medical board and have passed at least one exam administered by a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties. In order to maintain that board certification, doctors need to participate in continuing education. This website will tell you whether a doctor is certified.
  • Compatibility – Once you’ve found a certified doctor who is close by, use your first visit to determine if you feel compatible with them. That includes factors like whether they listen to you and answer your questions and how well they explain things.

If you’ve found a qualified doctor that you are compatible and comfortable with, you should be all set. Don’t forget to take into account some other factors including office hours, how long it takes to get an appointment, the friendliness and effectiveness of the office staff, and more. If you’re looking for a knee specialist in the Detroit area, contact Regenerative Medicine today at 248-804-7226.

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