Angie's List: Changing doctors

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

Not every doctor-patient relationship is a good fit. For Indianapolis resident Libby McMullen, she learned that at the worst time.

"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," she said.

McMullen says since giving birth to her son Greyson, she's been in search of a new OBGYN. After all, it's her money and her health.

"You shouldn't let embarrassment about switching stop you seeking out what's going to work best for you and your family," she said.

"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," said Angie Hicks, Angie's List founder.

According to recent Angie's List poll, nearly 40 percent of respondents have switched their doctors, primary or specialty, within the last two years. While many of them did not explain why they made the change, it might be a good idea to let the doctor know.

"You can either tell them in person or tell them over the phone. If you are not comfortable doing that consider an email. You can also give an online review - it's a great way to give that feedback to the provider," said Hicks.

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.