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How You Know if You Have a Good Doc: 90-Second Test

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Is your doctor right for you? Figure it out in 90 seconds.
Air Date: 5/5/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Christine Meyer, MD
Dr.-Christine-MeyerChristine Meyer, MD, was born and raised in New Jersey to first-generation Egyptian parents. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers University and her MD from Hahnemann University School of Medicine (now Drexel University).

She is an award-winning physician and was named Philadelphia Magazine's Be Well Philly 2015 Health Hero in November 2015, based on her work with Team CMMD Foundation.  Dr. Meyer has her own internal medicine practice and lives in Downingtown, PA, with her husband, Dr. Christopher Meyer, and their daughters, Maisy and Hadley, and their son, Sam.

She is the author of The Longest Mile: A Doctor, A Food Fight, and the Footrace That Rallied a Community Against Cancer.
  • Book Title: The Longest Mile: A Doctor, A Food Fight, and the Footrace That Rallied a Community Against Cancer
  • Guest Facebook Account: www.facebook.com/drchristinemeyer
  • Guest Twitter Account: @CMeyerMD
How You Know if You Have a Good Doc: 90-Second Test
Finding the right doctor can be challenging.

While your insurance company may provide search tools to find a physician that meets searchable criteria, you have no guarantee that the doctor you find will be a good fit for you. Word of mouth can help narrow the field. Still, you may not know if you’ve found the right doctor until the first office visit is over.

Here are some tips to see if your doctor is right for you in the first 90 seconds of your visit.

First impressions are important. What is your gut feeling when you walk into the office? It should be clean inside and easy to reach. You should feel comfortable in the space. The staff reflect the doctor's attitude. Are they pleasant? Do they greet you with warmth?

What's your first impression of the doctor? Doctors have busy lives, but they should be well-groomed and wear clean clothes. Your doctor should wash her hands when she enters the room and at the end of your visit. You should receive a handshake and eye contact from your doctor.

Your doctor should sit down when it's time to talk so you don't feel like a commodity. A great doctor will let you talk for the first two to three minutes and listen to your concerns. Does your doctor take notes about your condition?

You should be able to ask your doctor about anything. That doesn't mean she'll have the answers on procedure costs and insurance coverage, but she should be able to direct you to someone who can help. Most importantly, if you can't talk to your doctor about your deepest health worries, then it's time to find a new doctor.

Listen in as Dr. Christine Meyer shares how to find the right doctor for you.

You can also check out Dr. Meyer's newest book, The Longest Mile: A Doctor, A Food Fight, and the Footrace That Rallied a Community Against Cancer.
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