Whether you are currently unhappy with your doctor or you have other reasons for finding a new physician, there are a few things that you should consider when selecting a new doctor. Many people dread the process of finding a new doctor simply because you never know whether or not you will like a doctor until you visit him or her. If you are looking to replace your current doctor, there are things that you should keep in mind when choosing.
First, make sure that you choose a doctor who has a bit of experience in your specific medical issues. If you do not have medical conditions at the moment, then you may just want someone who offers expertise as a general physician. If however you have certain health concerns like diabetes, heart disease or others, you want to be sure that the doctor you choose has experience in helping patients with these conditions. Depending on your area and the number of physicians that are available, you may want to spend a bit of time online researching your options and finding out more about the doctors in your region.
Location is something else to consider. While you certainly want to ensure that you get a quality healthcare provider, you also want to know that visiting this doctor is going to be relatively convenient. It makes no sense to have to spend four or five hours driving to your doctor’s office just to get medication for the common cold. Think about the doctors that are located in your general area and spend a bit of time researching them as opposed to those who are not conveniently located.
Research is key in finding the right physician for your healthcare needs. You may want to ask friends and family members for a referral. If you know others who all go to the same doctor, ask them why they chose this doctor and why they prefer him or her. Referrals are an excellent way to find out more about a specific doctor and whether or not this is the right person for you.
Call the doctor’s offices that you are considering and find out things like how long it typically takes to get an appointment and how long patients normally wait in the waiting room prior to being called into the examination rooms. Waiting for hours at a time is not acceptable so if you find that a specific doctor has a terribly lengthy waiting time, you may want to skip over this one and find someone else with the same credentials and a shorter time in the waiting room.
Finally, you may need to find out what doctors in your area accept your specific health insurance. Some offices take only a handful of certain insurance patients each year. For instance, if you are on some form of Medicaid you may find that many offices will not accept new patients with this insurance. You will need to call the various offices in your area and learn which ones do accept your insurance before you make your first appointment.