When it comes to finding out which doctor or hospital is the best for one’s needs, many are quite at a loss. In fact, I’ve been asked this question many times. Here are some pointers:
- Look for a hospital with a good safety record as well as those possessing a recognised accreditation standard (such hospitals voluntarily undergo screening by a recognised review body, such as the JCI, in order to provide services of a certain minimum quality).
- Find out from your doctor where he sends his relatives to. What’s good enough for a doctor is usually a stamp of approval. Why, even nurses in the hospital may be able to suggest the right doctor if one cares to ask.
- Look for a doctor who’s busy. Sure, it means long waiting times, but this might be worth it in the long run.
- Some health department websites do provide statistics on how many specific operations are done in a year and what the complication rates are. This way one can opt for the best hospitals for a particular procedure. Here’s a website that provides info of the best hospitals in the US, for instance – click here.
- At the end of the day, its important that you click with the doctor – a good doctor-patient relationship is extremely important and contributes a long way to a good outcome..
- How to Choose a Doctor (healthadel.com)