5 Tips for Finding the Best Doctor for Your Insurance Plan

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Sheila

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Looking for an affordable dentist in the North Orlando area. Just spent $2500 out-of-pocket and $1400 from my insurance to fix one tooth. Is that reasonable? Great dentist,but I can't afford him :(

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Dee Gardner

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list of Drs taking new patients in or around Grand Jct.,CO

vicky

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I am looking for an oral surgen in the Encinitas, ca area, area code 92024. A GOOD one.
Thank you

margo

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im looking for a dentist that repairs denture cheap in phoenix az

Pam

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Looking for good Podiatric Surgeon in Bend, OR

gerri

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I need a Neuro cervical spine specialist with patients of multiply fusions

Vicky

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Looking for a surgeon who has successfully performed a satisfactory amount of thyroidectomies using a local anesthesia in the Utica-Rome, NY area

P. Stewart

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New to the area. Need a good dermatologist in the Boynton Beach, Fl. area.

Tim

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I am looking for a good patient centered Gastroenteologist in Portland, Or area

javier

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looking for a good general or family practitioner doctor in orlando, florida. female preferred

kelly

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I need a dentist for a 2 yr old in Sonoma County Calif.

irene morales

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I am looking for information on pain management Dr. in Austin Tx

tara

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I'm looking for an excellent comestic dermatologist in orlando or miami..

Ed Crump

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I am looking for a highly qualified dermatological surgeon in the Salem, Oregon area

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sandra vandyje

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looking for a good doctor who can preform a rectacyle and cystacyle spelling might be wrong. In the battle creek, michigan area

steve

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looking for good general practicioner South Indianapolis

Joyce A. Anglin

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I need information on a doctor in Alvin, Texas: Dr. Charles Strunk, ENT. I need this information ASAP.
Thank you, Joyce A. Anglin

Nadine

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I am looking for a good interior house painter. I am very particular.

Mercedes

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I am looking for cardiologist in Virginia Beach, VA

jack doyle

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Had heart attack and 6 stents in FLA on vacation three weeks ago. Now back in Toms River NJ area and looking for best cardiologist.

Pat Mosher

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I need to find a dentist that will take payments in St. Charles Co. Missouri

Jill

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I am looking for a marriage counselor

glennell smith

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I am looking for a medical doctor with great bed side manners in memphis, tn

J Batista

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Looking for a good cervical surgeon in Brevard county , Fl.

April

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I need to find a dr that will prescribe the medicines i need to control my chronic pain, Arthritis, and blown discs in my neck and back along with sciatic pain daily.

Duane Owens

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I'm looking for a good Opthomoligist who performs Lasik surgery in the Orange County area of So. California.

maureen

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I was wondering about an OB/GYN in clarkston, michigan...his name is Dr. Jonathan Zaiden. was wondering if he is a good doctor?

Javier Ibe

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Need good internist and pain management dr. in Northern Virginia/Washington DC area specifically. Also excellent knee revision surgeon.

Grace

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Looking for a good general or family practioner in Williamsville, NY area. Female

Grace

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Looking for a GP or family practitioner in the Williamsville, NY area. Female preferred

Kerry

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Looking for new Dr. in/around LaGrange area, preferably Female/Internal Med

Dorothy Daly

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Looking for a recommendation for and internist and an endocrinologist in the Littleton, CO area.

mary Ferland

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recommendation for doctor in green valley, az

Lisa

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this is what I have learned about knowing when you have the right doctor.
1.how nice is the receptionist (since they are normally who you will speak to) now if I call a doctor and the receptionist is nasty I hang up and and don't bother. Nothing is more frustrating than that.

2. Does the Doctor listen and help. I don't expect the doctor to agree with me, and I know not all appointments will include medication or antibiotics. but if you have an ongoing problem and the doc just tells you to keep taking meds that aren't helping, or says there is nothing they can do "Run"

3. if you want to try a new doctor in the same practice, do not say anything negative about them ever. EVEN if the receptionist or other staff member asks, It is a trick question, If you state at any time that the previous physician did not do such and such or you feel frustration you will get banned from the practice (just happened to me today)

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check the credentials of the doctor in angies list,and maybe even go as far as to check the BBB. that way you avoid costly mistakes (like me) and do not wait a year or more to change doctors (like me)do so immediatly.

and I have had this problem with a great deal of other things, picking the wrong whom ever, so out of frustration, I decided to join Angies list, and check the credentials of every single service person, new restaurant etc before I even bother and waste my time and money.

yes, the subscription costs money and no I'm not rich, but if you consider the time and heartache it takes to call around and find someone to replace your doctor, dentist etc etc the subscription fee is worth it. Life should not be so hard,I shouldn't have to spend hours on the phone finding the right person, or having to go to get a service done over and over. So now I am going to check every company before I even bother with them. And if they give me poor service I will find a new provider, I will not wait around hoping for things to change (or get dismissed because I complain after 2 years of being a patient)

oh and one last thing

if your doctor,dentist etc etc starts pushing expensive vitamins ,juices etc on you (like the pediatrician that just banned us did) "run" because when you start to refuse these expensive offers (that I believe are unethical) the relationship between you and the person in question giving you care will wane. In my ppinion Kaiser is the Best, I have it, I wish I could afford to get my kids on it, and as soon as I can they will be. Kaiser has been as good as gold to me,but they are very very pricey but totally worth it. Best care I ever received was through an HMO.

Sandra

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I am looking for an Interventional Radiologist to diagnose chronic leg pain I live in Rockland County, NY area. I can travel into Westchester Co. or New York City to see someone who is highly recommended

arlene damico

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i need an endocrinologist..i am new to this area ..hawley pa

Lilly

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I wear eyeglasses since I was a child. I went to get my new prescription in July of 2009 and in September I couldn't see well with them any longer. The opthamalogist I went to see told me to get use to it at my age (45) I will no longer see 20/20. I refuse to accept that and need a good doctor for a second opinion. I live in Flushing Queens. Please help me find a good opthamologist that can give me an honest answer. Thank you.

lydia

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need a good doctor for lapband surgery

Karen

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My dad has only one eye and needs catarac surgey on that eye. Where is the best facility/doctor near Inverness Florida?

Joyce A. Anglin

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My husband and I have numerous health problems, but don't know what doctor or doctors to use. We need your help. I think we need a Endocrinologist.

Teresa

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Need good internist and pain management dr. in Midwest specifically Northeast MO. Also excellent knee revision surgeon, and neck surgeon

Nancy Alliston

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Looking for a great gastro doctor in the Memphis/Oakland, Tenn., area

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trish akers

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I am looking for a true surgeon with the best credentials for spine and neck surgery, I also have scoliosis of the lower spine and it is twisting, i live in arkansas need to travel to dallas of where ever, so I am not butchered

Florence

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Looking for excellent cardiologist near Delray Beach, FL since we are snowbirds for the winter.

susann roach

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looking for dr. for peripheral neuropathy in arm and hand

Vee

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I'm looking for an excellent cardiologist in the NY and/or westchester area

teresa

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I am also, I have CRPS in my arm. Its really hard to find a doctor that doesn't think all you want is the pain meds

kathleen Harrod

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looking for a good dr for chronic back pain and chronic pain syndrome

CMyers

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being board certified means the doctor has obtained a specialty credential which requires his primary loyalty is to the payers or health plans and NOT the patients. Angies List is wrong and they have been notified.

Checking your doctors competency at the FSMB.org or the state medical board will also tell you which doctors have been disciplined by the licensing agency. But what angies list does not tell you is these govt regulators discipline those doctors without allowing the doctors the right to defend themselves in a fair hearing. Those doctors who advocate the needs of patients against the intimidation of hospital managers and nurses are likely to be disciplined. Those who advocate the patients needs and ignore the restrictions of the healthplans and insurers will also be disciplined.

So Angieslist is frankly misinformed and simply pushing government and insurer colluded team propaganda

Mary

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I'm looking for a female doctor of internal medicine in Flint, MI as my primary doctor.

Al

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I have been diagnosed with cervical stenosis that I have suffered with for more ten years. I am looking for a neurosurgeon in the Chester County Pa area.

candylaw

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I'm looking for a good pain doctor in Lafayette, IN. One that doesn't go shot happy

bobbie

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i can tell you that when i had open heart surgery on sept 22nd i had an experience that changed me the next day on sept 23rd early in the morning, a Nurses Assisant came into my room, i was on a breathing machine since my surgery, i wasnt suppose to be, but i was. she comes in and stays far to the left of me then turns off the machine and says "breathe breathe!" and i kicked cried and my hands were up in the air while i kicked till my bad leg ached for 3 days afterwards. she finally turns it back on and walks out shaking her head. She's lucky she stayed far enough to the left where i could barely see her on the side of my sights. I couldnt turn my head left with the way the tube was and i had an IV in my neck. If you have a loved one in the hospital and they cant breathe on their own, please give them something to write on so they can communicate, and try to stay with them using shifts if you have to. Now i've been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Amanda

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I am looking for a pediatric Neurosurgeon that can do surgery on my sons head he is 3 years old and still has a soft spot he originally had a good doctor in texas but we moved to oklahoma and now i don't know where to start if anyone knows of any great neurosurgeon that can help me please comment back thank u .

pat brown

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need great othopedic knee surgeion in sunset beach nc can anyone help thanks

Carol

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I just had a mammogram for painful lump in breast. It was negative for cancer. I'm not sure I should accept that. Nothing was done to address the painful lump. Also have constant noise in my head that affects my hearing, and popping sensation at brain stem when turning my head. I'm in the southeastern part of New Mexico, close to Roswell, Carlsbad and Lubbock, Tx. Please direct me to physicians who can address my problems.

frannie koalowski

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my husband and i need a internal medicine dr in myrtle beach,sc,new to the area

Victor

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Need a good Primary care Doctor in Raleigh NC.

treejohn572

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Thanks for the great tips on how to pick the perfect doctor. I don't have to much trouble picking doctors. I have a really good one he is an ophthalmologist. He does good work.

mary

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i live in jacksonville nc...i need an internal medicin doctor

nikki

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i need a good dr in san luis obispo county ca that will help treat my fibromyalgia and the chronic depression and pain that accompanies it.

Bob

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looking for a good Diabetes Dr. in Kingston NY area

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had


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I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.


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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.
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That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.