The internet has become a great venue to share your experiences with products and service providers.  This can be in the form of reviews and discussions on websites and forums and really help to shape your buying decisions.  For me, it was a great way to find a new doctor in my town.

You see, my family doctor fell ill and had to stop working altogether.  It feels really strange to find yourself in a situation where you don’t have a medical professional to consult when you need one.  Sure, you could go to a clinic or emergency room, but there are some medical conditions that you just want to sit down and talk to someone that knows your medical history and can offer specific advice tailored to your needs.

I knew that I had to replace my doctor right away, so I asked my friends for recommendations.  Unfortunately, all of them were with doctors that were not taking new patients, so I was on my own.

I went online searching through health forums and discussion groups looking for someone locally that would be a good doctor for me.  I wanted to make sure that I found a doctor that most patients were happy with and that would be a good fit for me.

As it turned out, I ended up on and was able to find a number of local doctors that might be able to take me on as a patient.  Reading the reviews on the site, I learned which doctors and clinics to avoid and which ones were the best.  I loved that I was able to benefit from these shared experiences on their site, and that I could do my research both on my computer at home and my phone while I was on the road.

I have a few appointments this week to meet some of these doctors, and hopefully I will be able to find one that is willing to take me on as a patient.  I’ll feel a lot better when I have a doctor again.