Question: What’s the best way to a local doctor who’s able to treat thyroid issues?
Dr. Hibberd’s answer:
A family doctor or general practitioner can treat most basic thyroid issues. Occasionally, an endocrinologist consultation is necessary for unusual cases, but 90 percent of the time a primary-care physician is all you need.
If a referral is needed, ask your PCP for one. If you don’t have a regular physician, there are some ways to make a wise choice. Sometimes the best way of selecting a PCP is by visiting the offices of a prospective doctor and talking with his or her staff. You will quickly identify the doctors who provide personalized care.
Look for society memberships and fellowships; they are a good sign of ongoing dedication. You can also call doctors’ groups for a list of physicians they recommend. Avoid doctors without medical memberships or affiliations, but understand many are not joining such groups because they are hospital-affiliated “hospitalist” physicians.
Make sure you check the license and malpractice history of a prospective doctor on your state’s licensing website. Don’t forget to call the office after hours to be sure the access provided is suitable for you.
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