Is YOUR doctor any good?

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Pamela Neckpain
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   Posted 9/14/2008 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm thinking of getting a pain pump -- just thinking. My doctor
is growing a little intolerant of my not committing myself to this
I don't like to ask him "Just how many pain pumps have you installed
and what was the outcome of each?" (He'd think I didn't trust him)
We NEED to know about our doctors. They know ALL about us. Our
life is in their hands.
MY QUESTION: How does one go about getting information about
their doctor? Maybe we just trust?
I've moved to a new town - a big town. I only have one recomendation
about this doctor.
Pamela Neckpain wonders if we need to sharpen up our ESP or what? skull

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   Posted 9/14/2008 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Pam you have the right to ask him those questions. Oh yes, ma'm you do, and if he get PO'd cause you asked, then kick his butt to the curb. I would have already done so based on not liking the fella. If you don't like the guy you will never get anywhere with him, just spinning your wheels. When you don't like these drs, then your confidence in them is very low to say the least. I am not syaing you have to be busom buddies, you know what I mean. I have called hospitals before and talked to their referral line people for drs. thats usually a good place. Oh, and about the ESP, if I don't have a good gut feeling about a dr, I never darken their door again,lol. I ask questions, I had a new pump refill nurse last week and I put him on the hot seat,lol. Susie

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   Posted 9/14/2008 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know if we can mention the sites here or not, but there are increasing numbers of places where we, as consumers, can go to rate our doctors. One is (a moderator can edit that if it violates the rules), and there are others emerging. Thing is not a lot of people have entered data, so your doctor may not be mentioned, and there may tend to be information entered on people who either thought the doc was great or horrible. Still, I think these are places for us to really start becoming more empowered consumers. Now if you go to the sites, be sure to look at the actual ratings, not just forums or messages boards and such. I read an article at the CNN website that said the best way is to check several of these sites and see if your doctor gets similar ratings. No ratings isn't bad; just means no one has entered the docs name yet - but we could each enter our docs and if we did, and doctors started to recognize that they may actually loose patients by providing poor care or having staff who are disrespectful. think of how great that would be.


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   Posted 9/15/2008 11:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I heard of another site, it looks pretty new, not too many reviews but i checked out the doctors in my city and it was packed with tons of doctors. It looks like this site has just about every city in america. the site was :

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   Posted 9/16/2008 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Dj,
Welcome to the forum. Thanks for adding that info. And on the radio today I heard that angie's list is adding a section for doctors. You know, the more of these sites that spring up - and that have constructive feedback (not just raving praise or rants) we can use or add, the more empowered we become.


Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty
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   Posted 9/17/2008 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pamela,

You can go to your State's Medical Board to look up your doctor to see if he/she has had any
accusations filed against him/her. Although if they have been sued and it settled in a confidential
settlement, you may not find anything, depending on your State, if the accusation has been
withdrawn due to settlement. Medical Board for M.D.'s, Board of Behavioral Sciences for Ph.D.'s
and others. It may be called something different in your State, but try a check that way and
something should come up to direct you to the correct site.
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