Choosing a new physician can be a stressful thing. However, knowing where to look may help make the process a little more simple for you. Here are some helpful tips on how to choose the right physician for your health needs.
1. Ask Your Friends or Neighbors
If you are new to an area or facing an insurance change and searching for a new healthcare professional, consider asking those you trust or are close to for their recommendations. Odds are if your friend likes a particular doctor, you will more than likely like them too. Referrals from your existing doctor might also be a great way to find someone new. If you aren’t sure where to start, ask around, and you will see something that fits your needs. Make sure that you are asking people who have similar medical needs as you as well so that you can be certain they specialize.
2. Check Your In-Network Doctors
Once you find the name of someone you are willing to try, make sure their office accepts your insurance plan. Don’t get discouraged if they are not in-network with your insurance; sometimes doctors will provide a discounted rate for cash pay patients, so call and ask before you cross them off your list. Discuss your coverage or way you plan to pay for your visit before you step foot into the office. Don’t wait until you receive a bill in the mail because it will be too late and you will get stuck with the out of network fees. Look up the biography and focus for the physicians that are in your network. This way you will find someone that best fits your personal style and needs.
3. Find Someone Who Can Help You
Knowing your physical needs will help narrow down your search. Research the types of doctors and what they practice do before calling a doctor’s office at random. A key component is to know what you are looking for when making the call. Always be open to asking questions if you need assistance in finding a doctor that is right for you. Also, Interview the practitioner. Ask questions until you are satisfied with the expertise and style. This is the person that will be taking care of you and you should really have someone that is the right fit for you.
4. Consider The Logistics
How far is the office from your home? How far is the office from the nearest hospital? Does your doctor speak English or Spanish? What day of the week is the office open and how long are the office hours? Research and educate yourself on these questions, and you will be more prepared for your first visit with your new healthcare professional.
Several factors go into choosing the right physician, so take the time to learn about your needs, and trust your friend’s opinion on specific doctors, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area. Be willing to travel for quality. Your health is your life and it is incumbent upon you to take care of your health even if it is inconvenient. Some areas are limited in who they have available. Your research will lead you to just the right person to take care of YOU!