Have you moved into a new neighborhood recently? Do the faces, shops and ambiance feel a little unknown? Do you remember and miss the people known to you previously- your next door neighbor, the newspaper guy in the morning, the guy who ran the shop at the corner and most important of all: your physician. Don’t worry we have you covered in this regard.
“How to find a dr.” is the question that pops up the very instant we change locations. What does finding the right doc means? It means focusing on the factors that can actually affect your health.
Finding a dr. is not an easy task and it should not be one either, because when you select a doc, you select someone you will trust with your health. Someone who will be compassionate and will possess enough smartness and skills to address your needs and issues and treat them with utmost loyalty and give you the care you deserve.
Don Powell, president of the American Institute for Preventive Medicine says:
“You should shop for a doctor the same way you interview a lawyer or an accountant”
Smart thinking can you choose the best doc for yourself. Here is a guide to help you find a doctor who is good for you and someone with whom you can share a certain degree of comfort level.
- Find a go-to doctor. Find someone who, on a given day, will be good enough to treat pity issues like flu or a sprained ankle and can also refer you to specialists if the need arises and then overviews all the treatment and care you receive.
To share a healthy relationship with your physician is of utmost importance because it brings you at ease to discuss anything that is bothering you with the doctor, regardless of how unimportant it may seem to you. Latest surveys have revealed that people who comfortable with their doctors lead a more healthy life.
- Ask for recommendations. Ask around the people you may know. Any medical professional who can guide you about the best doc in the vicinity.
- Suit yourself. Always while selecting a doctor make sure you first list down your own preferences. Check how many and which doctors are covered under your health insurance. Check which doctor is affiliated with which hospital. In case of admission, you will only be able to use the hospital that your doctor has admitting privileges to. Also, check the hospital ratings and reviews to compare the facilities provided by different hospitals in your area. You should only settle for the best.
- Look for doctor’s qualification and certifications. If a doctor is certified means that he has acquired a medical degree from a qualified medical school. To maintain the certification, a doctor is expected to keep himself at par with the ongoing advancements and research. All these factors add to the trust you bestow your practitioner with.
- Check for any red flags. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Make sure you do a little background check on your doc. If any complaints or claims about malpractice or discipline exist.