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January 18, 2023
Due Diligence on MDs (Part #1)

In this episode, we discuss how to learn if your doctor is the right one for your parents, or you. Sometimes we base our trust on a doctor’s “likeability,” or bedside manner. But someone who seems good doesn’t mean they are ...


In this episode, we discuss how to learn if your doctor is the right one for your parents, or you. Sometimes we base our trust on a doctor’s “likeability,” or bedside manner.  But someone who seems good doesn’t mean they are good or even competent.  When it comes to your health, skills, competency ( a low "accidental" death rate), and experience usually trump attitude and charm.

We also touch on some other points and questions to ask:

  • What’s the prime age for a doctor,?
  • When might you want to re-think using the doctor your parents have used for years?
  • How do you know your doctor’s qualified to treat your parents’ specific conditions?  Note they will change over time and can change quickly.
  • Should you trust a doctor’s online medical website ratings?
  • Should you rely on a doctor’s referrals to other specialists?   
  • When might it be dangerous to work with a general surgeon? 
  • When you’re pressured to make decisions during a critical health scare, how do you take out the emotion and do what’s best for those you love? 
  • Finally, how do you avoid signing away all your, or your parents’ rights before getting a procedure?

If there's an issue that you are seriously concerned about, with your doctor, you can fire their doctor.

There's a lot more to learn from this episode. Tune in and share with those you care about, and others caring for a parent too. This information could make everyone's life just a bit better.

Here's an extra link/resource that may be helpful to you: The Federation of State Medical Boards.

Guest: Dan Frith, JD has been practicing law in Virginia for over 35 years, and is with the law firm Frith& Ellerman, Law Firm, P.S. . He limits his practice to litigation of medical negligence cases, wrongful-death litigation, and business/employment claims. Dan has represented clients throughout Virginia in both state and federal courts, authored numerous publications, and is a frequent speaker for continuing legal education programs for other trial attorneys.

Dan is a recognized member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum due to the results of his diligent work for his clients. Dan has served as a chair of both the Litigation section of the Virginia State Bar and the Standing Committee on Professionalism. Dan currently is an active member of the American Association for Justice, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, and previously served as the President of the Virginia Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Since March 13, 2003, Dan has received the highest rating by his peers (AV) from Martindale-Rubble.

Dan, a married father of two boys, is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Host:  Nancy May, Author of How to Survive 911 Medical Emergencies, Step-by-Step Before, During, After!  is an expert in managing the path of step-by-step caring for aging parents, even from over 1200 miles away. For a free, fillable File-of-Life go to www.howtosurvive911.com. Nancy is also the Co-Founder of CareManity LLC, and the private FaceBook group, Eldercare Success.

Disclaimer: The views, perspectives, and opinions expressed in this show are those of the show guests and not directly those of the companies they serve or that of the host or the producer CareManity, LLC. The information discussed should not be considered or used as medical, legal, or financial advice. Please seek the advice of your own personal medical, legal or financial advisors as each person’s situation is different. (c) Copyright 2023 CareManity, LLC all rights reserved.

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