We all have to go to the doctor at some point. How do you choose who to trust when it comes to your health and wellness? With so many healthcare professionals available, it can be difficult to find the one that is right for you and your family.
Should I choose a family doctor , a pediatrician , or an internist ? The best health professionals for your family will depend on many factors. Let’s explore this in more detail.
What are the factors to consider when deciding who should be your primary care physician?
It is imperative to research doctors and the services they offer before deciding on the best professional for your needs. Do not blindly engage with a doctor before discussing the following topics:
- The doctor’s reputation
- Consider the closeness
- Evaluate insurance coverage
- Schedule a meeting in person
- trust your instincts
1) Research your doctor’s reputation
In this digital age, word of mouth travels fast, especially in the healthcare industry. Whether you want to learn about patient satisfaction or what to expect at a doctor you’re considering, a simple search for reviews and testimonials will help you learn about other patients’ experiences.
2) Consider the closeness
When looking for a primary care doctor, keep in mind that you may need to see them often over a period of time, so if you find a doctor you think would be a good fit for you, but his or her office is a considerable distance from your home, you should find other offices for your own convenience. Also think about how far you are willing to drive from work for an appointment, to avoid taking more time than necessary during business days for an appointment.
3) Evaluate insurance coverage
If you have health insurance, review the benefits. You are likely paying monthly for medical coverage and it is a good decision to contact your insurer to find out which doctors are in their provider network. Primary care doctors outside of your provider network usually require you to pay out-of-pocket for visits, which can be costly. If you have more than one person on your insurance plans, such as a spouse or children, the dollars add up quickly. Choosing a doctor within your provider network (in most cases) guarantees a flat copay rate for any visit.
4) Schedule a meeting in person
Wouldn’t you like to meet the doctor and healthcare team you trust with your health? A doctor is someone you should be able to count on for any health concerns or needs. It is also important to maintain a relationship with open communication that lasts for years. Meeting your doctor in person will help you feel better about the decision you’re making in the long run.
5) Trust your instincts
When you’re ready to choose your primary care doctor, trust your instincts. Some things to consider:
Do you trust that person and do you feel safe with them?
Do you think he will give you honest medical guidance?
Do you feel like you care about your overall wellness and are willing to help you become the healthiest version of yourself that you can be?
Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of your candidates and let the advantages help you decide.
Specialists are available
If you think you have a specific health problem or concern, it’s a good idea to see your primary care doctor first and let them know what’s going on. They will then be able to refer you to a specialist based on your needs. Don’t be afraid to be honest, doctors are here to help!
Choose a primary care doctor once you are completely comfortable with your decision
Finally, your health is of paramount importance. Health professionals are qualified to listen to you and adapt to your needs. Choosing a primary care doctor is a decision that should be taken seriously, so don’t rush, trust should be your main requirement.
At Pasadena Health Center, we want you to feel comfortable with the primary care physician you choose for your family. Contact us for more information on how to choose the health professional that best suits your needs.