Not every doctor-patient relationship is a good fit.
Our partners at the consumer guide Angie's List told us sometimes it's good to find a new doctor.
Angie Hicks said, "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 many reasons why patients feel it's necessary to switch doctors; whether they don't agree with the doctor's bedside manner, treatment options, or it's hard to get a hold of their doctor or get an appointment scheduled.
The bottom line is, if you don't feel comfortable with your doctor, it's time to move on.
Here are some tips to help you decide when it's time to change doctors and steps on how to make the switch.
Angie's List Tips: 5 Signs it's time to switch doctors
If you are going to switch doctors, the most important thing is to find your new doctor ahead of time. You don't want to be left in a lurch without a doctor.
Also, whether you decide to tell your existing doctor you are leaving is up to you. If you are comfortable it can provide some valuable feedback to that provider.
Angie's List Tips: Steps to take when switching physicians