March 8th, 2010
03:41 PM ET

'Speed-dating' doctors woo patients

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Ashley Fantz

New in town, Brandy Preston reasoned that it was only lunch. She liked the fact that there were no strings attached. If she didn't like the person, she could just say, "It was nice to meet you," and leave.

"I was surprised because it felt so comfortable and I wasn't afraid to ask questions," the 29-year-old said. "I mean, I'd finally met the right match.

"This gynecologist was exactly who I wanted."

Call it speed dating for doctors. Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, near Fort Worth, has launched a program called Doc Shop that invites prospective patients to casually meet and size up a lot of doctors in a short amount of time.

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  1. Denise Barlow

    I wish there had been a program like this many years ago. Then I wouldn't have been going from doctor to doctor trying to figure out whether I would need a hearing aid in my right ear or not. Finally I found Dr Dean, who is awesome. He laughs with me, discusses procedures with me...the whole nine yards. He shows me graphs on how the ear works and what is wrong with mine. I understand it all now. No hearing aid will be needed as I'm totally deaf in the right ear. Thank you Dr Dean.
    Good luck to all those patients looking for the right doctor to meet your needs. He/She is out there.

    March 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm |