Choosing a good doctor can be a daunting and scary task for many people.
We all want our health to be in the hands of good doctors, nurses and
caretakers. That’s why it is important to carefully choose a healthcare
system and doctor.
For some, a good doctor can be the difference between life and death. With
such large healthcare systems in place in the U.S., it is easy for mistakes
to go undetected. Sadly, many people die from
preventable hospital errors. The number of deaths is at a shocking
400,000 people a year and is the 3rdhighest cause of death in the U.S., with only heart
disease and cancer claiming more lives.
Preventing hospital injuries starts with choosing a good doctor and hospital
system. Use the following tips to find a doctor you can trust:
Start With Other Healthcare Professionals: If you know of or have contacts with healthcare professionals, start
by asking for advice from these individuals. Doctors and nurses in your
area are the best way to find reliable heath care for your needs.
Talk to Friends: If you do not know of any healthcare professionals personally, it may
be helpful to consult with friends and family about the doctors and healthcare
systems they use for their medical needs. However, be aware that a doctor
who is great for your friend may not be the perfect fit for you.
Check Your Insurance Plan: Call your insurance company or use the search tool on its website to
look for doctors in your insurance network. With the recent changes in
healthcare law, doctors have been adding and dropping insurance plans
more frequently than in the past. Make sure your insurance covers the
doctor you want to see.
Assess the Affiliated Hospital: Doctors are usually affiliated with certain hospitals and have privileges
to admit patients to these hospitals. Before choosing a doctor, check
out where they admit patients. Search the websites for these hospitals
to be sure they will fit your needs in case you ever become in need of
a hospital visit.
Choose a Doctor with Board Certification: Choosing a doctor who is certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties
is important because this means that the doctor earned a medical degree
from an accredited medical school. Doctors who have ABMS certification
have completed 3 to 7 years of medical school, have passed exams required
by the Board, and must keep up to date with medical practices and procedures.
Look for Signs of Misconduct: It is not uncommon for doctors to be sued once or twice in their time
of practice, but anything more than this may be a sign of
medical malpractice issues in the doctor’s or hospital’s practice. Research your
doctors first to be sure there are not past or pending legal claims made
Don’t Overlook Customer Service: Did the doctor treat you respectfully when you called or visited the
office? Were the reception staff and nurses friendly and helpful? First
impressions may be able to indicate the way the medical professionals
treat their patients. Choose a medical practice that makes you feel comfortable
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Taking the time to find a good doctor can be time consuming but well worth
it in the long run. However, it is still possible that you or someone
you know may suffer from injuries or even death due to negligence by a
medical practitioner. If you feel that you have a medical malpractice
claim, do not hesitate to call Goodman Acker P.C. at
(248) 793-2010 to discuss your case free of charge and under no obligation.
For over 30 years, our Detroit medical malpractice attorneys have been
helping injured patients and their families get the justice and compensation
they deserve. These cases are quite complex and require the knowledge
of a lawyer who not only has significant experience trying these cases
but also the medical knowledge of how to prove a doctor was negligent.
Do not try to handle a case yourself. Make the smart choice and
call Goodman Acker P.C. today to get the help you need.