Day 285: How to choose a doctor

Dear Readers,

I would like to share my abundant expertise with you about an important and timely topic.

Where I live, everybody is talking about health care.

And no matter where you are, having a good doctor on your team is really important.

Here’s what I’ve learned — over many decades of experience — about choosing a doctor.

  1. Make a list of your priorities.  In other words, think about what’s important, to you, in a doctor.
  2. Be an educated and self-empowered consumer. That is, ask to meet different doctors until you find one that matches your priorities well enough.

It’s a short list, isn’t it?  However, it took me a long time to figure that out.

But that’s how I always choose doctors, ever since I’ve become an adult.

Let me show you how it works, for me.

Here’s my list of priorities, for a doctor:

  1. Experience with my medical issues (or, at least, eager to get more experience).
  2. Listens well.
  3. Explains and communicates well.
  4. Flexible thinker  (in order to understand unexpected and complex issues of care).
  5. Responsive to requests, in a timely enough manner.
  6. Demonstrates kindness and compassion.
  7. Creates a comfortable enough atmosphere.

For every doctor involved in my care, I’ve made choices, using that list of priorities.

Last week, I saw my Primary Care Physician, Dr. Laura Snydman.  She definitely meets my priorities.

Here’s some proof, of at least one of those priorities:


Don’t you agree?

Thanks to Dr. Snydman, adorable dogs everywhere, compassionate treaters of all kinds, people dealing with health care issues,  and to you, of course, for reading today.

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16 thoughts on “Day 285: How to choose a doctor

  1. Interesting. Here in Alberta we have a shortage of primary health doctors. My doctor is about to retire and finding a new one is a daunting task. So many doctors aren’t taking new patients, the one’s who are located in areas of the city far from where I live… I love our health care system, but this aspect of it is challenging. We don’t have the same choice as you do — but we coverage no matter what.

    • Thanks for this comment, Louse. The choices that people have, here, seem to be shifting. However, I would still encourage people, no matter what, to be as aware of your choices and personal power as much as possible, and to focus on your own needs, as well as you can. (By the way, it’s really tough to lose a doctor you trust. I worry about that, sometimes, too.)

  2. I was lucky enough to find a doctor whom I just adore. As Louise said though, it’s hard to find a primary doctor for many here in Alberta.

  3. We call primary care physicians ‘General Practitioner’s’ here in Australia. A good one is hard to find and worth their weight in gold. I am fortunate to have one.

    • Glad to hear you have a good GP, Elizabeth. I remember when “General Practitioner” was the term used in the U.S., too.

  4. Oops, there was a little punctuation slip up there I inherited from my children. It should have been General Practitioners – no apostrophe. 🙂

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