Are you comfortable with your family doc? Maybe you’re in between doctors right now. If you are, you’ll definitely appreciate today’s guest article by Lizzie Weakley!
There are many healthcare decisions that can make a big impact on a person’s family. One of these is who to choose as a primary care physician. Below is some advice you can use to find the right family doctor.
1. Your Insurance
According to Nueterra, a leader in the development of surgical hospitals, healthcare costs are expected to skyrocket through 2015. If you want to be able to afford healthcare, you must absolutely purchase a health insurance plan.
Your health insurance plan will also be what guides your search for a family doctor. In the United States, most insurance companies have a network of physicians who are covered under their plans. If you have an HMO, for example, you must absolutely choose a physician who is part of the network. Not doing so could lead to your health insurance company refusing to cover any of the costs. So always make sure a candidate for your family doctor is covered under your insurance before you consider him or her more seriously.
2. Choose the Right Kind of Practice
The next step of selecting a primary care physician is choosing a doctor with a practice designed to best suit your needs. In general, there are three different kinds of medical practices. These are family practices, internal medicine practices and general practices.
A doctor working at a family practice is qualified to treat patients of any age including children and babies. If your family includes children, a family practice is probably the best option. Internal medicine doctors are best for patients with specific chronic diseases that require more expertise.
Lastly, there are general practices. General practices are very similar to family doctors in that the doctors that work in them are probably qualified to work with any age group or gender. However, they don’t specialize in treating children specifically, and some general practices may employ doctors of osteopathic medicine. Osteopathy is a form of alternative medicine used to treat musculoskeletal problems.
3. Ask for Referrals
You need to find a doctor you are comfortable with. One way to make that easier is by using referrals from family members, friends, co-workers or other doctors. This way you can rest easier knowing that someone you trust thinks that doctor is competent enough to care for your family’s health.
Overall, choosing a primary care physician for you and your family is a serious decision. Don’t take it lightly. Make sure your final choice is an informed one.
About the Author
My name is Lizzie Weakley and I am a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. I went to college at The Ohio State University where I studied communications. I enjoy the outdoors and long walks in the park with my 3-year-old husky Snowball.
When I needed to find a doctor shortly after I moved, I took my mom’s doctor because, not only did she have the most excellent bedside manner, she really listened to issues and she always tried natural solutions first before trying something synthetic. What would you look for most in a new doctor?