Do you want to change doctors?
Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:15:00 GMT —
The relationship between doctor and patient is the most important aspect of health care.
But sometimes it's time to cut ties and move on.
In this Angie's List report, when and how to change doctors.
Libby McMullen's son, Greyson, is a healthy baby boy, but Libby had some trouble with her OBGYN during his birth.
Libby says she was happy with her physician during her prenatal visits, but when it came time to give birth, she found the doctor to be rude and unwilling to address her concerns.
McMullen says, â??I get to the hospital to be induced and that morning I get there and everything we had talked about and planned for, my induction, went out the window.â??
As a result, Libby says she's looking for a new physician.
â??Deciding to switch doctors is a decision a lot of people donâ??t make easily because letâ??s face it, itâ??s a personal relationship. But in the last two years, 37 percent of Angieâ??s List members reported they have switched doctors and over half of them said that it was their decision,â?? Angie's List owner Angie Hicks said.
There are steps patients should take before breaking up with their doctor.
â??If you are going to switch doctors, the most important thing is to find your new doctor ahead of time because it can be a little complicated whether itâ??s looking for someone who takes your insurance or has openings. You donâ??t want to be left in a lurch without a doctor,â?? Hicks said.
An Angieâ??s List poll found nearly 70 percent of respondents did not explain to their former physician about why they were leaving.
If you do decide you want to let your doctor know why your switching, you can either tell them in person or tell them over the phone.
If you are not comfortable doing that consider an email. You can also give an online review - it's a great way to give that feedback to the provider. When switching doctors, don't forget to have your medical records sent over to the new provider and keep in mind, you may have to pay for copies.