This Month’s Focus: Finding the Right Doctor
A great way to ensure that you are getting the best care, is to choose a doctor that meets your healthcare needs. One way of accomplishing this is to ask friends who they use, and if they are happy.
By the Numbers
More than 100 Million people in the U.S. do not have a primary care provider
Nearly a third of Americans lack access to primary care
Source: National Association of Community Health Centers
Tips to Pick the Best Doctor
Check references: It is important when choosing the right doctor, that you research the physician and read reviews from other patients. Although, this is not the only defining characteristics to determine if this particular doctor is the right fit for you, it will give you a good indicator on what other real life patient shave to say and what the experience was like.
Check your health insurance: Always check your health insurance by contacting the number on the back of your card to see if the particular doctor you want to see is in network. There is nothing worse than going to a doctor, having a great experience, later to find out tha the/she was out of network with your insurance.
Remember: Doctors are not a one size fits all! Depending on the needs, make sure that your physician ways has your best interest at heart, and listens to you. Finding and keeping a doctor that takes time to sit and listen with you, and give their undivided attention, no matter how busy they are, speaks volumes in how they will care for you.
Reads & Soundbits
Read: Doctor Shopping: How to Choose the Right Doctor for You and Your Family by Hal Alpiar
Read: How to Be a Patient by Sana Goldberg
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