Finding a doctor. For people who don't live near a Ric Corman, perseverance and old-fashioned word of mouth remain the best hope. Most people have to rely on friends' opinions to try to figure out who's good and who's not—and on luck to find a good doctor who takes their insurance and accepts new patients. A few resources, none of them perfect, can be found here.
When friends and family ask to become patients at his practice, David Dale says he most likely will reply that he can't take on new patients. But Dale, who is in a group practice at the University of Washington (where he used to be dean of the medical school), allows that "you might get in because you're in our hospital or because people want to be nice." So, as a last resort, begging might help.