Choosing Your Doctor
Taking Stock: What to Look for in Doctors
It is important to choose the right doctor. The foundation of quality health care rests on a good relationship between you and your doctor.
The first characteristic you should look for in a physician is how they communicate. Finding the right doctor is not always easy, and sometimes you have to see several physicians before you find someone you like. Be patient and try not to get frustrated because you will need a lot of trust inthis relationship. It’s worth taking the time to find the right fit.
In addition to smooth channels of communication, you should also base your decision on the doctor's knowledge level, professionalism and overall honesty. If you leave an interview questioning the doctor's competence or the treatment plan, that particular relationship You need to be just as open and honest with your doctor as he is with you.
Accessibility is also a key factor in your search for the right doctor. You might find the most brilliant physician in the field, but it will do yu no good if the doctor is never available. The ability to pick up the phone, send an e-mail or make a visit to the office for one-on-one conversations are invaluable aspects of your doctor/patient relationship. This communication accessibility will help keep your mind at ease and enable more effective health care.
The ideal doctor will be mindful of your needs, and those needs are not limited to being able to schedule appointments in a timely manner. They often include the ability to speak directly with your doctor between appointments. It’s important to also realize that doctors’ time is often limited. It’s important to achieve a reasonable balance.
You will also need to make sure your doctor is covered by your health insurance. You can find out from the doctor's office staff, website or through your health insurance provider's website or telephone directory service.