Finding a good physician is one of the greatest challenges for a healthcare consumer. It is also one of the most important choices a person makes when it comes to their medical care. It is so important because, in my opinion, there is actually quite a bit of variability and subjectivity in medicine. How you are diagnosed and how you are treated will vary greatly among physicians, which is why if you ever find yourself saying things like “I’m just not getting better” or “What the doctor said just didn’t make sense” or “Is that test/procedure/prescription really the right thing”—You should seek a second opinion. Second opinions are good things. Any physician worth his or her salt will not be offended if you seek a second opinion.
But how do you find a good physician in the first place? The best approach may not seem as obvious as you think:
For more extensive, inpatient procedures, such as a total knee replacement, the cost difference among in-network hospitals can be astounding. Frequently, the least expensive facility is also the most reputable for delivering the highest-quality care as well. See the below example for Seattle:
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A colonoscopy is an important test. The process seems simple–turn 50-years-old, schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist and have the colonoscopy procedure completed. But what is that going to cost you?
As you can see in the Austin example below, even if you take the proper cautionary measures to ensure your gastroenterologist is in-network, the price of the service can still vary greatly.
At Compass, we only recommend doctors that are licensed, board certified and have a clear medical board history. So you will never have to worry about compromising quality when going to one of these lower costing facilities.
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In-network prices for medical services vary significantly within a city or town. Often, one does not have to travel very far to find a high-quality, lower cost provider. Here is an example in Atlanta for an MRI of the Lumbar Spine—a fairly common test ordered when a person has chronic low back pain:
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High Blood pressure or Hypertension is bad because it causes extra wear-and-tear on your blood vessels. It is typically defined as a blood pressure of > 140/90 or > 130/80 if you have certain conditions like diabetes. This wear-and-tear then damages the blood vessels of the heart itself, brain, kidneys and eyes–leading to increase risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure and vision loss.
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