Take Charge of Your Health Care

Find a Health Care Partner You Trust

When you choose a doctor, it’s important to find someone who will be a valued partner in your care. You want someone you can trust and communicate comfortably with to help you to stay healthy or recover from an illness or injury.  Here are three key steps to follow when choosing a doctor for yourself or a family member:

  1. Decide what qualities and services matter most to you. These may include having a doctor or surgeon who:
    • Is well-trained and experienced in the specialty in which you need care
    • Provides clear explanations of conditions and treatments, and welcomes questions
    • Uses technology to improve care and communication
    • Has convenient office location and office hours
    • Is part of your health care plan
    • Has privileges at the hospital of your choice

  2. Compile a list of potential choices
    • Ask your current doctors or other health professionals for recommendations
    • Ask family members, co-workers and friends for recommendations
    • Search here to find Board Certified doctors by specialty or location 
    • Request a list of doctors from your health insurance provider
    • Contact the doctor referral service at your preferred hospital
    • Check with the medical society of the specialty you are looking for 

  3. Do your homework
    • Check the doctor's qualifications - visit CertificationMatters.org
    • Use the Web to research the doctor
    • Develop a list of questions on topics and concerns important to you
    • Talk with the office staff and/or the doctor on the phone or schedule a face-to-face visit, (there may be a charge for an in-person visit)
    • Once you've selected a doctor, make the most of your visits by properly preparing and following up

Learn more about how to check physician qualifications >

Learn more about general questions to ask your doctor >

Learn more about how to make the most of your visit >