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Who is my doc?

6 Aug

Consumer reports is a good resource for a lot of things. It can help you pick a car or a new washer/dryer – but what about helping you pick your doctor? Consumer Reports has just published its first ratings of primary care doctors and earlier this year they published reports on heart surgeons.

I decided to check out this resource, however I was out of luck because you must have a Consumer Report account.  One thing that I found interesting is you can look up your state and Consumer Reports will give you a list of free health care resources. For example I looked up New York and found that I could go to the New York State Department and find licensing, disciplinary action, hospital affiliations, mortality rates and number of procedures for all registered doctors. Below are some screen shots

As helpful as these resources are I would use caution in letting them be the only factor that dictates which doctor you see.  When I am looking for a doctor recommendation, I usually consult with my primary care physician and also ask for recommendations from family and friends.

Go to http://www.consumerreports.org/health/home.htm to look up healthcare in your area

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