Finding the Best Doctor for You


How do you find a doctor you can trust—especially when theres a growing shortage of primary care physicians?

Medical experts offer these tips:

1. Ask other docs. Say you like your gyno but need a new family doctor. Chances are, she can recommend a doc worth trusting with her family—and yours.

2. Network. A support group for a particular illness can connect you to people seeking specialists for the same (or overlapping) conditions—an invaluable resource. has a great directory. also has lists of web resources, including support groups by disease. Just click on Diseases & Conditions in the main menu and select a topic.

3. Read reviews., a free site dedicated to reviews of local businesses and services, has a large section on doctors and medical care. Angies List charges a range of annual fees, based on location, for access to screened reviews of local doctors (and other services). Even Yahoo! features a “local” portal where users recommend MDs. And you can see if a particular doc has a complaint record at

4. Check “best” lists. Most major cities publish lists of their regions top docs in local magazines.