Ask Questions to Find the Right Doctor

by Pat Whitney    (as printed in The AZ Republic)

Searching for a quality doctor from long lists of faceless physicians in a metropolitan area the size of Phoenix can be a daunting challenge, especially when you're new in town.

Toss out the Ouija board. A little research in the right places can help.   Personal referrals from family, friends and co-workers are good places to start. Medical societies, local hospitals and referral services can also offer advice.  But state licensing boards often give a truer picture of a doctor's track record.   Information is key.  The Directory of Medical Specialists at the local library contains up-to-date professional and biographical information about 400,000 physicians.

Two primary sources that offer licensing backgrounds and disciplinary information about doctors and other health-care practitioners are:

1)  The Arizona Medical Board, formerly the Arizona Board of Medical Examiners (BOMEX), on line at  Call (480)551-2700 or 1-877-255-2212.

2)  Doc-Finder", operating in Arizona since 1996, is the only combined online physician database in the nation with a direct source of data from the state government licensing boards that is free to the public.  Information at offers details about medical malpractice, hospital discipline and criminal convictions.

If you are a member of a managed care system, you may have to work from a preferred list of doctors.  You may prefer someone with additional training in an area that relates to a health problem.  Don't forget to make sure your top choices are taking new patients.

Next, call for personal interviews (ask if there is a charge). Find out which doctor more closely matches your philosophy on healing.  Is his or her approach more conservative with by-the-book treatment?  Or, is the doctor more proactive, promoting innovative therapies? The latter type is often more receptive to a team approach with patient input.


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