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Old 06-14-2012, 05:44 AM
 
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How does one go about finding new doctors to treat you when you move to your retirement place? More than likely your present doctor would not know of any to reccommend. You want to be sure you find the best in the area. Thank you
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:17 AM
 
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Do an internet search for the sites that having rankings from patients. The good, the bad and the ugly comes out there.

See all of your docs before you move, get refills on meds, etc., etc. Inform the clinics you will be asking for a forwarding of your records. Hopefully, time will allow you to meet a few folks and get some one-on-one recommendations.

Sometimes you luck out and your doctor actually knows someone in the new region - more likely, they are going to look in the state medical board data base and give you a name of someone board certified in that specialty....(or their cousin's wife's best friend's uncle they played golf with last summer on vacation...)

I rarely take the suggestion of any physician as to referrals and prefer to do my own legwork....too many social favors being returned.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:30 AM
 
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Do an internet search for the sites that having rankings from patients. The good, the bad and the ugly comes out there.
Yep.

I started with Angie's List. And then once I found a couple of doctors/dentists, I asked them for recommendations for doctors in other specialties. It's worked well so far.
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:21 AM
 
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Do an internet search for the sites that having rankings from patients. The good, the bad and the ugly comes out there.

See all of your docs before you move, get refills on meds, etc., etc. Inform the clinics you will be asking for a forwarding of your records. Hopefully, time will allow you to meet a few folks and get some one-on-one recommendations.

Sometimes you luck out and your doctor actually knows someone in the new region - more likely, they are going to look in the state medical board data base and give you a name of someone board certified in that specialty....(or their cousin's wife's best friend's uncle they played golf with last summer on vacation...)

I rarely take the suggestion of any physician as to referrals and prefer to do my own legwork....too many social favors being returned.
Not sure I agree with this - I would rather get referrals from my GP - I find that most people know next to nothing about medicine. They base what doctors they like totally on "bedside manner." While that is certainly very important and should be considered, it doesn't necessarily mean the doc is any good. I think when you move to a new area, the hardest part is finding that first doc - the GP. If you find a good one, I would trust their referrals -most good docs know and recommend other doctors that have good reputations.

When we first moved, I did ask friends for recommendations (that helped in terms of bedside manner, etc.) - but then did a lot of my own research - where did they go to school, are they board certified, etc. I did find a good GP and have been very satisfied with his recommendations for any specialists I needed.
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