Hallberg's Picture of Health: The doctor-patient relationship

At some point in your life, chances are you'll need a new primary care physician.

Even though that's an essential search in today's healthcare environment, it's not always easy — and is fraught with questions of etiquette and ethics:

Where should you start — and what if you're starting from scratch?

How do you know it's the right fit? And why is this relationship so important?

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What is the responsibility of a medical provider to inform patients that he or she is planning to leave the profession?

What about those people ranked as "top docs" — and what about online ratings from patients?

Why do doctors or practices sometimes not take new patients?

Dr. Jon Hallberg, a doctor of family medicine at the University of Minnesota, spoke with MPR News' Steven John about the doctor-patient relationship in the current health care environment.