As more and more information is made available about doctors and hospitals, we are no longer dependent on the opinion of one doctor to recommend us to others.
We recommend you use this information as follows:
First, use the insurer websites to locate a doctor in your area and who accepts your insurance.
Once you have a doctor in mind, use a website like the NIH database, HealthGrades or Castle Connolly to do some basic background research on the doctor, and find out how they are “rated” (note- these ratings are not foolproof).
Finally, use the Doctor Disciplinary Search database or the New York Times medical payments database to see whether the physician is under scrutiny or in trouble. Again, do not take this as the final word- just because a doctor was paid a consulting fee by a pharmaceutical company does not mean they have done anything wrong or that they are not a fine physician. But know, and ask.
Insurance Company Resources:
Note: You do not need to have an insurance policy to use these resources. The insurance companies want you to see who is in the netwoprk before you sign up.