Keep your doc if: She’s experienced in your particular problem
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When it comes to getting quality medical care, experience is the most important factor, says David Norris, CEO of MD Insider, a company that evaluates physicians based on their performance data. Whether you are managing a lifelong condition like diabetes or need a specific treatment like knee surgery, a doctor who specializes in that particular thing is worth their weight in gold, he says. And forget all those fancy plaques on the wall; Norris says their data found no correlation between attending a top-tier, expensive medical school and medical proficiency. “Ultimately it comes down to how many times they’ve done [something], whether it’s diagnosing or surgery or whatever,” he says. “The more they’ve done it, for the most part, the better they are at it.” Here are the secrets to finding the best doctors, according to other doctors.