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Choosing Your PediatricianArticle posted on Tuesday, June, 29th, 2010 at 1:04 pm
This is worth repeating…
Finding a physician that you feel comfortable with, is conveniently located to you, and has the hours of operation that you need only get you to the starting line. “Well Visits” and “Check-ups” are easy. Here are a few things to consider whether you are looking for a new physician or evaluating the one you have. (You should always be evaluating the one you have.)
- Know Your Doctors philosophy on referring to specialists
- Ask if your doctors office conducts patient satisfaction surveys or evaluations
- Ask about hot-lines for patients or parents of patients that want more information
- Know Your doctors relationship with local hospitals and Emergency Rooms (Ask around..)
- Call your (or any) trusted health care insurance company to see if they have recommendations or evaluations
We are fortunate to have very good health care insurance. Neely’s Dad and I are lucky to work for supportive companies that offer not only great employee benefits. (BMW,Mfg and ScanSource,Inc) but good support systems for employees to help you find the information you need to make good decisions regarding your families health. But I realize that is not the norm. And having good health insurance is just one piece of the puzzle.
The most important thing we have learned is also the most common thing we hear from those families that have shared their stories with us. And that is:
- Know Your Doctor and Make sure that your Doctor knows you
- Never stop asking questions
- Don’t be intimidated by a white lab coat and a Medical Degree
- Don’t be timid about demanding a test or seeking a second opinion.
No one cares more about your health than you. And no one will advocate harder for a child than his/her parent. Make sure you know your doctor and know what to look for when you are choosing a pediatrician.