You want to know the qualifications, experience and skills of your mechanic before you let him under the hood of your car, so why wouldn’t you do the same when it comes to choosing a doctor or surgeon? Believe it or not, many people don’t question their doctors or surgeons, assuming that they’re qualified to do what you need. After all, they’re doctors and surgeons – it would be rude to question their abilities.
Unfortunately, many in today’s baby boomer generation are of this mindset. Younger people of generation X and generation Y do ask more questions. Your doctor (unless he’s insecure) is not going to mind one bit if you ask him about his history.
Check into the background of any healthcare provider before receiving healthcare services, treatments or procedures. Due to questions in this area and to promote quality and transparency, organizations from around the world have taken proactive steps to address issues of quality, safety and developed international standards of care, policies, and best practices for healthcare facilities and providers around the globe.
What do you look for when verifying qualifications? Start with their:
Experience performing specific procedures or specialized care for a specific condition (such as cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, addiction treatment, cosmetic surgical procedures, etc.)
Is he/she a member of any professional organizations? (such as the American Medical Association, state or country of origin professional medical or surgical boards, etc.)
Clinical experience – for example, how many times has he/she performed this procedure or surgery?
Those are just ideas. You must feel comfortable with your doctor or surgeon before you can trust them with your care. That’s why PlacidWay, a leader in medical tourism providers and resources, displays the background, credentials, and qualifications of every doctor and surgeon on their site. Don’t neglect this very important aspect of your medical care, whether you’re receiving treatment at home or abroad.
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