Contact your state medical board to make sure that a prospective provider has a license in good standing and doesnâ€™t have formal disciplinary actions against him or her. You may also be able to search pending and recent litigation to see if he or she is the subject of multiple lawsuits. Donâ€™t be afraid to ask around.
If you need complicated brain surgery to treat a brain aneurysm, you should be asking the newly introduced neurosurgeon, â€œDo you think you can help me?â€ not â€œDo you have an East End office?â€ When your life is on the line, you want a doctor with top-notch skills and experience who will provide the best possible care.
Sometimes weâ€™re not going to the right place because our particular problems arenâ€™t that providerâ€™s specialty. Ask questions. Make sure this provider has experience treating your specific condition. The first thing you want to know when you see a new physician is something often taken for granted: Will this physician be good for what you need? How do you know? How do you define â€œgoodâ€?