a doctor or another type of health professional to help with your health care is very
important. Never before have people had so many kinds of doctors and other health
professionals to choose from. The relationship you have with your health professional
greatly influences the health decisions you make and, ultimately, your health.
with your health professional about being a partner in your health decisions. He or
she will most likely support your desire to take an active role in your health care.
about these important things when you are choosing a health professional:
Will the health professional
be available when needed?
Will the health professional work in partnership
Does your health plan provide coverage for this service?
topic lists many of the specialties and subspecialties of medical doctors (MDs) and
osteopathic doctors(DOs). It also provides listings
for other types of health professionals you may see for your health needs. Each listing
includes a description of the specialty and information about why you might choose
that type of health professional.
Types of Specialists
are doctors who have completed advanced education and clinical training in a specific
area of medicine (their specialty area). Examples of medical specialists include the
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Becoming a responsible health care consumer. In Wellness: Concepts and Applications,
8th ed., pp. 453-484. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAnne
C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney,
MD - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family
Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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