Study: Americans have a lack of confidence in finding quality medical care

Most Americans rate their doctor by his or her bedside manner.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– Americans are showing a lack of confidence in their doctor’s ability to take care of their health.

A study done by the Associated Press – NORC Center for Public Relations reveals only 22% of Americans are confident they know where to look to compare the quality of their doctor.

The study also showed that for the rest of the population, the most trusted method of choosing a doctor is through recommendations either from a friend or family member, or from their primary care physician.

The study also found that how Americans rate their doctor often has little to do with the physician’s abilities.  Nearly 80% of people polled said they value bedside manner as one of the most important qualities in their doctor. The study said that three quarters of those surveyed rate their physician by the office staff and by how long it takes them to get an appointment.  And the top factor listed for how people choose a doctor was whether or not they were covered by their insurance plan.

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