Features January 2020 Issue

How to Find a Good Specialist

Let’s talk about the best ways to determine the quality of a doctor.

In 2019, an investigative journalist named Marshall Allen received a phone call informing him that his peers had nominated him for a “top doctor” award, and that his patients had reinforced his qualification with good reviews. The caller added that he could purchase a plaque for $289 to commemorate this achievement and, more importantly, communicate it to his patients. But Allen is not a physician. He writes about health care for an online magazine called ProPublica - a fact he made abundantly clear to his caller. To his surprise, she told him he still qualified for the award and could have the plaque for only $99.

To continue reading this article you must be a paid subscriber.

Subscribe to Heart Advisor

Get the next year of HEART ADVISOR for just $20. That's a savings of $19 off the regular rate.

With your paid subscription you will receive unlimited access to all of our online content. That is over a decade of previous issues from Cleveland Clinic, the hospital rated #1 in cardiac care by U.S. News & World Report - free of charge.

Subscriber Log In

Forgot your password? Click Here.

Already subscribe but haven't registered for all the benefits of the website? Click here.