WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care?
A poll shows that people don't know how to determine that.
Being licensed and likable doesn't necessarily mean a doctor is up to date on best practices. But consumers aren't sure how to uncover much more.
Just 22 percent are confident they can find information to compare the quality of local doctors.
That's according to the poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Today, 6 in 10 people say they trust doctor recommendations from friends or family, and nearly half value referrals from their regular physician.
The poll found far fewer trust quality information from online patient reviews, health insurers, ratings web sites, the media, even the government.