I am looking for a general-care doctor, a gynecologist, and possibly a psychologist/psychiatrist in Chicago. Do you have any recommendations? Is there a website for this? A secret doctor directory? How does one go about finding
I am a few years out of college, and the last doctor I saw (aside from visits to walk in clinics and my gynecologist in my hometown) was my pediatrician. I have very good insurance through my parents, for now at least (Blue Cross / Blue Shield).
I feel sort of clueless. I don't even know if I need a "Family Practice" doctor or an "Internist" or if having a gynecologist is enough?
Here's the ranty part that you don't have to read:
I'm finding the process of finding a doctor that I like a little frustrating. I don't want to go to the walk in clinic forever, but I've been here for over five years now and am somehow still unsure of how to even begin this search (that is, if I don't want to just settle for whoever's closest to me and takes my insurance). I've asked friends, but the majority of them either rely on the walk-in clinic too or still see a doctor wherever their parents live.
Perhaps this is part of my problem: I trusted
the dentist, pediatrician, gynecologist, etc. that I saw while I was growing up. My mother (a doctor herself) had known most of them since she moved to my hometown, years before I was born. Now I'm out on my own in the big city and whatnot, and it feels weird to just trust my well-being to someone I know nothing about and who knows nothing about me. The whole process feels too much like a game of chance, and I don't like it!
In order of idealisticness, I am looking for people who are:
1: Somewhat accessible by phone/email in urgent situations (my pediatrician had an early morning phone hour, for example, and could be called for urgent-care advice during the day if necessary)
2: Not in the pockets of Big Pharma (this question is partly inspired by this
recent MeFi post) or overtly trying to sell some procedure or other (it always icked me out that my hometown gynecologist had laser hair removal brochures all over her office - though she was great herself, so not the end of the world).
3: Someone who's, you know, someone you can talk to normally and feels like a genuine, intelligent person. And doesn't talk down to you. And explains things.
I think I'm homesick for my pediatrician. He was so great.
I also am curious about the etiquette of finding someone to take care of your physical health issues. My impression is that it's acceptable to shop around for psychologists - have a trial appointment, ask a bunch of questions about their methodology and so on. Is it okay to do this with doctors? Can I ask to talk to the doctor to get a feel for her before signing up as a patient in her practice?
Finally - from what I've found in poking around myself, there isn't
a website specifically for finding general-practice - not specialist - doctors (aside from sparse reviews on Yelp, maybe, or the sites insurance companies give you to search the doctors they work with). Why is this? Do most people just not bother with preventative care? I almost feel like I'd be better off going through the DOCTORS-GENERAL section of a paper phone book than trying to find a good doctor on the internet. (But we always throw out the darned phone book when it comes!)
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