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To know which doctor is good, ask hospital employees

To know which doctor is good, ask hospital employees
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“Their word trumps a degree, prestigious titles, and charm.” – Marty Makary, MD, author of Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionise Health Care.

Ask about their complication rate

Ask about their complication rate
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“If they don’t have one, they’re hiding something or haven’t operated enough to have one. No one is immune to complications.” – Arnold Advincula, MD, division chief, gynaecologic surgery & urogynaecology.

Surgeons have an inherent financial conflict of interest

Surgeons have an inherent financial conflict of interest
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“That’s because they are paid approximately ten times more money to perform surgery than to manage your problem conservatively.” – James Rickert, MD, an orthopedic surgeon.

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Are they board certified?

Are they board certified?
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“For the same reason, always check if your surgeon is board-certified in his specialty. Many are not.” – Tomas A. Salerno, MD, chief of cardiothoracic surgery.

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Don’t assume your doctor’s recommendation is best

Don’t assume your doctor’s recommendation is best
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“Referrals may be politically motivated or be given because the doctors work within the same multi-specialty group.” – Howard Luks, MD, chief of sports medicine and arthroscopy.

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Ask if you can talk to former patients

Ask if you can talk to former patients
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“It’s like getting references for a babysitter.” – Marc Gillinov, MD, author of Heart 411: The Only Guide to Heart Health You’ll Ever Need.

Here are 70 secrets nurses wish they could tell you.

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Some won’t mention procedures they don’t know how to do

Some won’t mention procedures they don’t know how to do
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“I’ll see patients who were told they needed an open hysterectomy, even though it could be handled laparoscopically. That’s one reason it’s good to get a second opinion.” – Arnold Advincula, MD.

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Find out who is going to take care of you after surgery

Find out who is going to take care of you after surgery
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“You want to hear ‘I will see you on a regular basis until you have recovered fully.’ Often it can be residents or physician’s assistants. Sometimes it’s not anybody, especially after you’ve been discharged from the hospital.” – Ezriel “Ed” Kornel, MD, clinical assistant professor of neurological surgery at Cornell University.

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It’s better to have an elective surgery early in the week

It’s better to have an elective surgery early in the week
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“Lots of doctors go away for the weekend and won’t be around to make sure you’re OK. If you go in on a Friday, and then on Saturday or Sunday something icky is coming out of your incision, you’re going to get someone who’s covering for your surgeon.” – General surgeon who blogs under the name Skeptical Scalpel

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Some hire business management consultants

Some hire business management consultants
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“The consultants may want the practice to sell equipment like knee braces or walkers at a markup. They may want the doctors to buy or build a surgery centre to capture facility fees. They usually want orthopedic surgeons to get an in-office MRI. Every time a doctor does this, he becomes more financially conflicted. As soon as you put in an MRI machine, you order more MRIs so you won’t lose money on it.” — James Rickert, MD

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