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by Sharmila Jayasinghe (follow)
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Let's say you have a health problem you need to be treated. When you choose a specialist to teat your ailment do you go by your GP's recommendation alone or do you find out if there is someone better to go to. Maybe there is doctor who has more experience, maybe there is a doctor whose rooms are conveniently located, or it could be some thing else altogether. what are the factors that you would consider when choosing a Doctor?

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If I need a specialist, I use the one given by my doctor...after asking a good few questions.
If I am not happy with the answers, I ask for another specialist.
If after seeing that specialist....I was again not happy, I would find another.
I firmly believe we have the right to choose our own, and if we are not happy....time to move to another.Not all of them, are of the same 'mind'.
It is so important we trust that doctor, and feel they will give us the best care.
I have walked out of a few of their offices, to find the right one.Once you
talk 'specialist' your talking a (whole different subject).Some are rude, some are arrogant, some should never have gone into medicine with humans.Some! are just fine.The key, is finding the one that is good for you.....
I have had to learn the hard way, and now I don't take it lying down.
If it is a serious health issue, do plenty of homework.
I think first and foremost, I would go to a doctor who would treat me with a personal touch rather than just look at me as a commercial patient.These days following protocols within a hospital is given more significance than treating the patient.
Second most important is diagnosis.Being able to diagnose what the problem is when they see symptoms.
Being a doctor myself, I do the research instead of blindly trusting GP's recommendation. Also I check proximity to my residence
For me location/accessiblity by public transport is a factor, since I need to be able to get to them whenever I or one of the kids happens to be sick. Given the choice I also prefer to have a female doctor. If I were choosing a specialist I would probably trust my GP's recommendation.
I go to whoever my GP tells me to go to. I have been referred to so many, and have hardly liked any of them.
Well remember you can keep looking, I hear what your saying....and I have to agree,not all are very likeable.
'Why' go to someone about something personal....if we don't like them.Keep looking :)
by jonaja
I'd check out the doctor I was sent to, but if I didn't like the treatment recommended, would definitely seek a second and possibly third opinion. It's my life after all, and I am the one who would be living with the consequences of any particular line of treatment.
Bedside manner, diligence and a sense of humour are all characteristics I consider important in a doctor. It's a bonus if s/he and I share similar values and attitudes. I need a doctor that:
- is genuinely interested in my wellbeing and helping me achieve my goals;
- is thorough
- helps me to understand the jargon and answers all my questions;
- treats me as an equal; and
- has a sense of humour.

Typically, I trust the recommendations of my GP in terms of choosing a specialist. Though, one of my GPs could have warned me prior to my meeting a particular specialist. The experience was degrading. The specialist spoke at me (not to me), looked at me once during the entire visit and told me that my breast milk was 'no good' for my baby. I left feeling angry and deflated.
by Vee
Yes, I go purely on my GP's advice as I have the best GP I have ever had at the moment.
I followed him from another surgery when he changed jobs, and he takes his time, listens carefully, has a sense of humour, and is extremely thorough.
He does not just prescribe pills without looking into the whole scenario first, and I trust his judgement totally in recommending me to a specialist.
by Finy
When I was recently asking for recommendations for local doctors I wanted a doctor who was a) good b) male and c) younger. As I am a guy, the first two are obvious. I included the third because I'd like to have the same doctor for a number of years (if possible) which means a younger doc might be a better fit.
I've been attending the same Medical Practice since 1973, hence 3 of the Doctors' within that practice. I've such respect & rapport with either of them, that I'd be happy to see any Specialist recommended.

Have NOT been let down yet, & that's over a very large range if health situations.

Although my children have flown 'the nest' they still come back to the two Doctors' who've treated them all their young lives!
Since moving to Queensland 12 years ago I have had the same GP. He is an excellent clinician and any specialist referral he has provided has proved to be a very good choice. He is also very personable with a great sense of humour, and has a lot of time for his patients.
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