How I did it: I have always been very investigative when choosing a new doctor. Using online ratings websites, or calling the doctors office to ask questions, you can learn a lot about their education, history, holiday schedule (and who will cover for them if they take vacation) and affiliated hospital (very important!) In my 25 years since coming back to California, I have had only 2 primary care physicians for all those years. Seeing them at least once a year provides them a history that makes it easier to treat me in the future. If you move, be sure to have your new doctor request your old records. Your medical history is important because you can't always remember every procedure you have had and when (at least I can't). Read how I did it… 20 months ago
Actually, I do see a doctor quite frequently without even thinking about it. I get an annual check-up every year, and if I’m feeling sick more than 3 days with a fever, I automatically call and make an appointment. I have always chosen a doctor that can see me within a day or two, but I have been lucky enough that he usually will see me the same day.
I don’t expect my doctor to be a miracle worker. You have to tell him what is going on with you or he can’t help you. People complain that the doctor only spends 5 minutes with each patient. Sometimes that is the case with me too, but it is more about did he listen to what I said and am I getting the right treatment for it? If I am, then I won’t be complaining just because the visit is short.
I realize a lot of people don’t have insurance because it is expensive. Even so, that should not keep you from finding a doctor and getting a regular check-up. My doctor charges $45 for someone without insurance (some friends of mine needed a doctor and he helped them). To me that is not cheap, but necessary if you are sick. I wouldn’t take a chance on getting very sick just to save a few dollars. 20 months ago
I have to go but i have no idea what to say, there’s soo much wrong with me that i wish to fix. I wish i had a family doctor that i could trust that wouldn’t treat me like trash. I only had a good doctor once that actually seemed to care and that listened to me. All i can see now are doctors that don’t have the time and want you out as soon as possible that won’t even look at you or will lie and say nothings wrong because they don’t feel like putting in the effort. 23 months ago