Friday, June 23, 2006

Finding the best doctor

I am an IVF specialist, and when my patients get pregnant, I refer them to an obstetrician. One of the commonest questions my patients ask me is - Please refer me to the best doctor !
I don't refer patients to a specific doctor. I believe that most doctors are technically competent - and in any case, it's the mother who is having the baby, not the doctor. This means that obstetricians mostly just need to provide reassurance that all is well.
I suggest to patients that they short-list 3 doctors - and interview them, so they can find the doctor who appeals the most to them. Chemistry is a key component in the doctor-patient relationship - and only a personal interaction will allow you to judge which doctor is "right" for you !

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