How Do You Choose a Gastroenterologist?


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When choosing a gastroenterologist, contact state medical agencies, medical associations or a Chamber of Commerce for reputable physicians, explains the Consumer’s Research Council of America. Interview the gastroenterologist, and ask questions about experience, education and contact hours. Get referrals from doctors and friends, and consider aspects such as gender, the gastroenterologist’s communication style, and hospital quality, advises Healthgrades.

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How Do You Choose a Gastroenterologist?
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Consider gastroenterologists who have a board certification since they have the necessary skills, training and experience, according to Healthgrades. Search the history of the gastroenterologists to know if they have a history of disciplinary actions or malpractice claims. For the treatment of specific complex conditions, consider gastroenterologists who have more experience in treating the condition. Consider the quality of care offered at the hospital where the gastroenterologist treats patients, since patients at better-rated hospitals develop fewer complications.

Interview referred gastroenterologists to know if they are friendly or if there are assisting associates in case of a gastroenterologist's absence, explains the Consumer’s Research Council of America. Find out if the gastroenterologist accepts phone calls round the clock, if he uses the latest drug prescriptions, and how he handles billing. Check which type of insurance cover the gastroenterologist accepts and the location of his offices. Compare the ideas obtained by interviewing different gastroenterologists, and choose the one with whom you feel more comfortable.

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