Some medical groups maintain a searchable list of doctors accepting new patients. Finding a doctor with whom a patient can connect is essential to receiving good care, according to The Permanente Medical Group. Insurance providers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield also provide searchable lists for doctors accepting new patients, notes the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association website.Continue Reading
Once a patient finds a doctor on the list, he should call the office to verify the physician accepts his insurance coverage. Even though the patient finds the doctor using a searchable list from the insurance carrier, doctors often add or drop plans, states Consumer Reports.
The state medical board keeps records on doctors. Disciplinary actions and malpractice claims serve as red flags, warns Consumer Reports. While patients sometimes sue good doctors, patients should avoid medical care providers with an inordinate number of such cases. Common complaints include drug abuse and inappropriate sexual behavior. Many states allow the provider to continue to practice, provided he gets treatment.
The first appointment with a new doctor can provide a significant amount of information regarding a future doctor-patient relationship. Warning signs a good relationship is unlikely to develop include doctors who do not listen and interrupt patients. Many patients look for a doctor who fully explains a diagnosis and treatment, and fully answers questions on the first visit, explains Consumer Reports.Learn more about Health Insurance