July 25, 2016

A Word from Our Experts

We enjoy sharing our members’ and clients’ success stories with you. However today, it’s time to hear from our Experts, some of the most talented physicians across the globe, about their experience working with Best Doctors.

The Best Doctors database includes over 53,000 of the world’s top medical experts in 450+ medical specialties. Each has been designated as among the best by other doctors through an exclusive, Gallup®-certified process. Best Doctors takes great pride in its highly regarded physician network and it turns out these physicians applaud our program as well.

 

Here’s what a few of them have to say:

 

“Without a doubt, Best Doctors is a simple and transparent way of providing high-quality second opinions to patients in difficult situations, and in a way that benefits both the patient and the doctor. I myself have had patients who used Best Doctors, and I found the expert reports to be reliable and highly informative.”

Dr. Luís Costa
Professor of Medicine
Director of Oncology
Hospital de Santa Maria

 

“I have had the privilege of working with Best Doctors for the past six years, both providing Best Doctors evaluations and receiving them and am continually impressed by the excellence of service to the patient, their families, and all health care providers involved in the patient’s care. This is a single source, that provides expert analysis and opinions in a timely, accurate and efficient way to optimize diagnosis and treatment for often complex medical and surgical problems. The collaboration among the Best Doctors staff and consultants combined with a user-friendly platform allows state of the art and cost-effective care to be carried out in every situation. With the patient always at the center, everyone benefits and there is no better service available today.”

Dr. Neal Futran
Director of Head and Neck Surgery
Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology

University of Washington Medicine

 

“Best Doctors’ members receive expert advice from specialists with documented and internationally acknowledged expertise. They benefit from unbiased advice, which aims at working in collaboration with their attending doctors, not against them. Additional travel for seeing another expert doctor for a second opinion and the burden of additional diagnostic tests and procedures can often be avoided. I am happy to support an organization that is aiming to help people both in Germany and around the world to improve the quality of their health care. As a pediatrician, I am convinced that parents will highly appreciate the reassurance to achieve optimal medical care for their sick child. Best Doctors can provide accurate and independent medical advice and expertise.”

Dr. Sibylle Koletzko
Professor and Director of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Dr. von Haunersches Kinderspital

 

“Having been a consultant for Best Doctors for over three years, I can say to patients and their treating doctors that Best Doctors is a virtuous and transparent organization. Never feel ashamed about asking for a second or third opinion. Excellent medical care and optimizing quality of life are the primary goals for every doctor in every country.”

Dr. Frans Moll
Professor and Director of Vascular Surgery
Chairman of the Department of Surgery

University Medical Centre Utrecht

 

“As a member of the Best Doctors European Medical Advisory Board, I am proud to be part of an organization that puts Europeans in touch with the world´s best available specialists. Having seen how my own expertise has helped members and their treating doctors make confident, informed decisions on their health, I would recommend Best Doctors to anyone seeking reassurance and certainty for themselves, their families and their loved ones.”

Dr. José Luis Zamorano
Professor of Medicine and Director of Cardiology
University Hospital Ramón y Cajal

We enjoy sharing our members’ and clients’ success stories with you. However today, it’s time to hear from our Experts, some of the most talented physicians across the globe, about their experience working with Best Doctors.

The Best Doctors database includes over 53,000 of the world’s top medical experts in 450+ medical specialties. Each has been designated as among the best by other doctors through an exclusive, Gallup®-certified process. Best Doctors takes great pride in its highly regarded physician network and it turns out these physicians applaud our program as well.

 

Here’s what a few of them have to say:

 

“Without a doubt, Best Doctors is a simple and transparent way of providing high-quality second opinions to patients in difficult situations, and in a way that benefits both the patient and the doctor. I myself have had patients who used Best Doctors, and I found the expert reports to be reliable and highly informative.”

Dr. Luís Costa
Professor of Medicine
Director of Oncology
Hospital de Santa Maria

 

“I have had the privilege of working with Best Doctors for the past six years, both providing Best Doctors evaluations and receiving them and am continually impressed by the excellence of service to the patient, their families, and all health care providers involved in the patient’s care. This is a single source, that provides expert analysis and opinions in a timely, accurate and efficient way to optimize diagnosis and treatment for often complex medical and surgical problems. The collaboration among the Best Doctors staff and consultants combined with a user-friendly platform allows state of the art and cost-effective care to be carried out in every situation. With the patient always at the center, everyone benefits and there is no better service available today.”

Dr. Neal Futran
Director of Head and Neck Surgery
Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology

University of Washington Medicine

 

“Best Doctors’ members receive expert advice from specialists with documented and internationally acknowledged expertise. They benefit from unbiased advice, which aims at working in collaboration with their attending doctors, not against them. Additional travel for seeing another expert doctor for a second opinion and the burden of additional diagnostic tests and procedures can often be avoided. I am happy to support an organization that is aiming to help people both in Germany and around the world to improve the quality of their health care. As a pediatrician, I am convinced that parents will highly appreciate the reassurance to achieve optimal medical care for their sick child. Best Doctors can provide accurate and independent medical advice and expertise.”

Dr. Sibylle Koletzko
Professor and Director of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Dr. von Haunersches Kinderspital

 

“Having been a consultant for Best Doctors for over three years, I can say to patients and their treating doctors that Best Doctors is a virtuous and transparent organization. Never feel ashamed about asking for a second or third opinion. Excellent medical care and optimizing quality of life are the primary goals for every doctor in every country.”

Dr. Frans Moll
Professor and Director of Vascular Surgery
Chairman of the Department of Surgery

University Medical Centre Utrecht

 

“As a member of the Best Doctors European Medical Advisory Board, I am proud to be part of an organization that puts Europeans in touch with the world´s best available specialists. Having seen how my own expertise has helped members and their treating doctors make confident, informed decisions on their health, I would recommend Best Doctors to anyone seeking reassurance and certainty for themselves, their families and their loved ones.”

Dr. José Luis Zamorano
Professor of Medicine and Director of Cardiology
University Hospital Ramón y Cajal

October 29, 2014

Finding the Right Doctor for Your Family

YoungBoyJust as most of us go for regular haircuts, you’d expect that the vast majority of people would also be going for regular check-ups with their family doctor. But the reality couldn’t be further from the truth – in fact, a significant number of people don’t even have a family doctor to visit.

Consider this: more than 15 percent of Canadians aged 12 and older –around 4.6 million people[1] – do not have a regular family doctor. In the United States, the American Academy of Family Physicians projects the demand for primary care physicians will increase at least through the year 2020, however, the percentage of general practitioners has been declining dramatically[2].

This shines a spotlight on an important issue. Millions of North Americans who don’t have a primary care provider are, quite literally, gambling with their health. Family doctors help give patients access to the full resources of the health care system. They are the first point of contact for most health issues and provide a link to other medical services, including providing referrals for specialists, diagnostic tests (such as ultrasounds, MRIs and X-rays) and prescriptions for medications.

It’s clearly not hard to make a case for why it’s so important to connect you and your family with a general physician. If the very thought of finding a family doctor – let alone, the right doctor for your family – is daunting, here are some tips to ease your search.

  1. In Canada, you can start by checking with the College of Physicians and Surgeons in your province. Some provinces and territories also provide “find a doctor” directories. In the United States, check state-level medical associations, nursing associations and associations for physician assistants for referrals. Many health plans also have websites and/or customer service staff who may be able to help you.
  2. Try visiting your local community health centre or a walk-in clinic and ask about doctors accepting new patients. Even if a doctor is full, maybe you can be placed on a wait list.
  3. Your pharmacist may know about any new doctors that have moved into your community, so try speaking with them. You can also try asking your dentist, optometrist or another health care professional for a referral.
  4. Ask friends, neighbours and co-workers if they have a doctor they like, and ask if they can recommend you as a patient (if the doctor isn’t accepting new patients, ask to be added to their wait list).
  5. Ask the human resources department of your workplace for a referral.

Now that you’re armed with a few tools for locating a family physician, you might find yourself in the position of choosing between potential doctors. If this happens, here are a few questions to consider that will help you decide which doctor is right for you and your family.

Is the doctor part of a group where you can access another doctor if yours is unavailable?

  1. Is the doctor available for appointments outside of typical business hours? Are the hours provided convenient given your schedule?
  2. Is the doctor focused on disease treatment or wellness and prevention? Which approach suits you and your family best?
  3. Is the doctor’s communication style warm and friendly or more conservative and formal? Which style works best for you?
  4. Is the office staff friendly and helpful?

You can also try to get more information about a primary care physician by speaking with the doctor’s patients to help determine if a particular physician is the right fit for your family.

If you’re in the midst of finding a family doctor and need help with a medical issue, or even just general assistance navigating the health care system, always keep in mind that Best Doctors is here to help. And once you find the right doctor, Best Doctors is still here to guide you if you encounter any health challenges, or simply need extra support.

[1] Statistics Canada, http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-625-x/2014001/article/14013-eng.htm
[2] American Academy of Family Physicians, http://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/workforce-reform.html

YoungBoyJust as most of us go for regular haircuts, you’d expect that the vast majority of people would also be going for regular check-ups with their family doctor. But the reality couldn’t be further from the truth – in fact, a significant number of people don’t even have a family doctor to visit.

Consider this: more than 15 percent of Canadians aged 12 and older –around 4.6 million people[1] – do not have a regular family doctor. In the United States, the American Academy of Family Physicians projects the demand for primary care physicians will increase at least through the year 2020, however, the percentage of general practitioners has been declining dramatically[2].

This shines a spotlight on an important issue. Millions of North Americans who don’t have a primary care provider are, quite literally, gambling with their health. Family doctors help give patients access to the full resources of the health care system. They are the first point of contact for most health issues and provide a link to other medical services, including providing referrals for specialists, diagnostic tests (such as ultrasounds, MRIs and X-rays) and prescriptions for medications.

It’s clearly not hard to make a case for why it’s so important to connect you and your family with a general physician. If the very thought of finding a family doctor – let alone, the right doctor for your family – is daunting, here are some tips to ease your search.

  1. In Canada, you can start by checking with the College of Physicians and Surgeons in your province. Some provinces and territories also provide “find a doctor” directories. In the United States, check state-level medical associations, nursing associations and associations for physician assistants for referrals. Many health plans also have websites and/or customer service staff who may be able to help you.
  2. Try visiting your local community health centre or a walk-in clinic and ask about doctors accepting new patients. Even if a doctor is full, maybe you can be placed on a wait list.
  3. Your pharmacist may know about any new doctors that have moved into your community, so try speaking with them. You can also try asking your dentist, optometrist or another health care professional for a referral.
  4. Ask friends, neighbours and co-workers if they have a doctor they like, and ask if they can recommend you as a patient (if the doctor isn’t accepting new patients, ask to be added to their wait list).
  5. Ask the human resources department of your workplace for a referral.

Now that you’re armed with a few tools for locating a family physician, you might find yourself in the position of choosing between potential doctors. If this happens, here are a few questions to consider that will help you decide which doctor is right for you and your family.

Is the doctor part of a group where you can access another doctor if yours is unavailable?

  1. Is the doctor available for appointments outside of typical business hours? Are the hours provided convenient given your schedule?
  2. Is the doctor focused on disease treatment or wellness and prevention? Which approach suits you and your family best?
  3. Is the doctor’s communication style warm and friendly or more conservative and formal? Which style works best for you?
  4. Is the office staff friendly and helpful?

You can also try to get more information about a primary care physician by speaking with the doctor’s patients to help determine if a particular physician is the right fit for your family.

If you’re in the midst of finding a family doctor and need help with a medical issue, or even just general assistance navigating the health care system, always keep in mind that Best Doctors is here to help. And once you find the right doctor, Best Doctors is still here to guide you if you encounter any health challenges, or simply need extra support.

[1] Statistics Canada, http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-625-x/2014001/article/14013-eng.htm
[2] American Academy of Family Physicians, http://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/workforce-reform.html