Top 3 Tips for Finding the Right Doctor
Finding the right doctor for you or your loved one comes with a lot of research and consideration. You want to make sure you and your family are getting the best care possible.
Dealing with doctors can be a tough situation. Furthermore, finding the right doctor for you or your loved one can be a stressful process.
Below, I list 3 tips for finding the right doctor and what to keep in mind when going about it. If you have any questions about finding or communicating with doctors, contact us and one of our Healthcare Coaches would love to talk with you.
1. Ask For Recommendations
Talk to your family and friends about who they entrust with their healthcare needs. A recommendation from someone you trust is a great way to identify a highly skilled, helpful physician.
…Keep In Mind
Every person is different. Just because a doctor was the right fit for a friend or family member, it doesn’t guarantee that he or she will be the one for you.
2. Do Some Research
Take the time to find out a little background information on potential physicians. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming or time consuming. For instance, review their physician ratings, patient survey results, and visit their website. You wouldn’t hire someone without checking into their background, so why would you choose a doctor without doing the same?
If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, check with your insurance company to see if they have any information about the quality ratings of specific primary care doctors in your network. You can also use the Physician Compare tool on Medicare.gov to see if your doctor has participated in any activities that indicate he or she provides high-quality care.
…Keep In Mind
Understand ratings surveys are just a starting point ad only a small portion of the bigger picture. They shouldn’t be used as the only determining factor when choosing a doctor. If you do review the ratings, make sure you use a trusted site like WebMD, ZocDoc or Consumer Reports to name a few.
3. Give Them A Call
Calling a potential doctor’s office can provide valuable first impression information. For instance, you can tell a lot by the phone etiquette of the office staff. Did they rush you? Were they helpful? Was their tone of voice bland or blah? Of course, everyone can have a “off” day, so trust your gut. If you do not feel respected over the phone, you can assume it’s not going to improve in person.
…Keep In Mind
While you shouldn’t judge everyone in the practice based on the front office staff, it is a very important part in the research process. If and when the time comes you need assistance, you want to feel cared for, respected and understood.
By Holly Wise
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