How to change doctors

The relationship between doctor and patient is the most important aspect of health care.   But sometimes it's time to cut ties and move on. 

Libby McMullen's son, Greyson, is a healthy baby boy, but Libby had some trouble with her OBGYN during his birth.

Libby says she was happy with her physician during her prenatal visits, but when it came time to give birth, she found the doctor to be rude and unwilling to address her concerns.

She says, "I get to the hospital to be induced and that morning I get there and everything we had talked about and planned for, my induction, went out the window."

As a result, Libby says she's looking for a new physician.

Angie Hicks from Angie's List says: "Deciding to switch doctors is a decision a lot of people don't make easily because let's face it, it's a personal relationship. But in the last two years, 37 percent of Angie's List members reported they have switched doctors and over half of them said that it was their decision."

There are steps patients should take before breaking up with their doctor.

Hicks says, "If you are going to switch doctors, the most important thing is to find your new doctor ahead of time because it can be a little complicated whether it's looking for someone who takes your insurance or has openings. You don't want to be left in a lurch without a doctor."

An Angie's List poll found nearly 70 percent of respondents did not explain to their former physician about why they were leaving.

When switching doctors, don't forget to have your medical records sent over to the new provider and keep in mind, you may have to pay for copies.

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