Doctors Advice FAQ
Questions and Answers:Finding the right doctor can be a daunting task. With so many specialties and so many options, it’s hard to find the one that’s perfect for you? Because the task of searching, comparing and choosing a doctor can seem overwhelming, we at InfoFAQ have researched some of the toughest questions about finding the right doctor. From cosmetic surgeons and LASIK providers to general practitioners and pediatricians, below are some important frequently asked questions to help you decide on the doctor for your medical needs.
Frequently Asked Questions About Doctors Advice Online
When shopping for doctor services on the Internet there are many options a person may choose from. It can depend on if they are on a budget, or if they want a certain type.
I have health insurance. Can I find a doctor using the Internet?
In most cases your health insurance company will have a web site where you can look up participating doctors for the coverage plan you have and in your local area.
I have insurance that lets me go to any doctor I want. Can I find someone in my area using the internet?There are doctors to be found on the internet. But for these health care professionals the internet has not yet become their main way of finding clients. Try using an online yellow pages or business directory for your area.
What if I have found a few doctors that I might want to see, but I want to check them out first. Can I use the internet to see if a doctor has any complaints against him or her?There are some site that help to inform consumers if their doctor has ever been written up by the state regulatory agencies, like the Public Citizen’s website http://www.questionabledoctors.org Go to their site and you can check on your doctor.
What are some of the reasons why a state medical board would discipline a doctor?Some of the ways that doctors have gotten into trouble are things like medical incompetence, mis-prescribing drugs, sexual misconduct, criminal convictions, ethical lapses and other offenses. This is one way that the internet has given power back to the consumer.
Can I get free medical advice or a second opinion using the internet?There are a lot of websites nowadays that offer medical information and advice. Some let you ask a live doctor a question. Most people use the web to research a condition or diagnosis they have received from their local doctor. This lets them form their own second opinion.
Can I use the Internet to find out about alternative medical treatments and remedies?
One area where the World Wide Web has really taken off is in websites that deal with alternative medicine, herbal remedies and other healing methods besides those traditionally prescribed by regular doctors. You can not only learn about these alternative treatments but can also purchase herbs and health related products online.
Consumer Safety and Information
Having Surgery? - www.ahrq.gov
AHRQ consumer information lists questions for patients to ask their doctor and surgeon.
Naturopathic - www.naturopathic.ca.gov
Department of Consumer Affairs' Naturopathic Medicine Committee.
DTC - www.fda.gov
Look more closely at impact of DTC advertising on doctor-patient relationship.
Licensing Area - hawaii.gov
Verify if a person is licensed.
Talk to Your Doctor - www.ftc.gov
Share a complaint or get free information on consumer issues.
Visit our Credit Card Fraud section for useful information.