There are state and federal programs designed to help you find a doctor, but the key is to choose the right physician. During your first visit, there are key questions to consider. When you go to their office, do the other patients … look like you? Are the doctors board certified? Do they get along with the staff? If you get along with them, that person becomes your health coach. Because, remember, the word doctor means teacher, so it's a two-way street. If you come up with the right person, you're on the right path.
Tysen J. Petre, DO
Specialty: Family Medicine
Location and Office HoursSSM St Charles Clinic Medical Group
Saint Peters, MO 63376
- monday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- tuesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- thursday: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
- Anthem BCBS MO
- CIGNA HealthCare of St Louis
- Coventry Health Care
- Great-West Healthcare CIGNA
- Group Health Plan/Coventry
- Harmony/Wellcare Health Plan
- Healthcare USA of Missouri
- Humana Health Plan
- Premier/Mercy Health Plans
- TRICARE North/HealthNet Federal Services
- United Healthcare
- Barnes-Jewish St Peter's Hospital
- SSM St Joseph Health Center
- SSM St Joseph Hospital West
- What should I keep in mind while looking for a doctor?
How can I determine if a doctor is part of a group medical practice?
Today, most doctors practice in groups, either large or small. In fact, as of December 2010, more doctors were employed by hospitals than were in private practice.
How can I find out if a doctor has been sued for malpractice?
Finding out if a doctor has been sued for botched practicing is certainly a legitimate qualifying factor when you're shopping for a new physician or specialist. As long as the info is put into context, that is.
To find out if any malpractice lawsuits have been filed against a physician, call the county clerk's office where he or she practices, as well as the state medical licensing board and the state insurance department (you can ask the latter if any claims are on record for the doctor). You can also check your doctor's record on Web sites such as www.docboard.org.
Just remember that it's common for doctors to be sued, and many cases are dismissed or the physicians win, so the fact that a doctor has been sued for malpractice isn't necessarily a damning sign.
However, if he or she has been sued several times in the past few years and many of those suits have been settled or resulted in the award of large sums to the patient, I, as a doctor, would see that as a warning sign to move on. Lighting can indeed strike in the same spot twice, but four or five times is a little troubling.
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