you have a provider with whom you feel completely comfortable?
If so, you are well on your way to a satisfying, and beneficial,
relationship. If not, you should start looking for a provider who
you can rely on for an honest, comfortable and informative relationship
that you can trust with your health. Looking for a new provider
takes some effort. It isn’t as easy as opening up the phone book
and finding the office nearest you. First of all, you’ll need
to find a provider who is covered by your insurance, unless you don’t
mind paying for the expenses yourself. That means talking to your
insurance company or your employer about a list of qualified providers
in your area who are under your managed healthcare plan. Often,
you can find such a list online at your insurance company’s
website. Insurance companies try to make information accessible and
straightforward for their clients, and usually provide excellent
websites. If your insurance company doesn’t have a website,
check your card for a toll-free number that you can call for information.
If you don’t have insurance, you should be able skip this
step and go straight to looking for a facility that suits your
such as your health department or a regional healthcare clinic.
After you find a list of eligible providers in your area, start
yourself what is important to you in a physician. Consider the
- Do you want a provider nearby your home or work?
- Do you prefer
to visit the provider at irregular hours, like weekends or late
afternoons and early mornings?
- Would you like a provider with
an affiliation or “privileges” (the
right to perform procedures at) with a specific area hospital?
type of education does the provider have? Where did they do their
residency? Is the provider board-certified?
- Will you see a physician
assistant, a nurse practitioner, or a medical
- Do you enjoy
a friendly, open staff?
- How much time do you want to spend in
the waiting room?
- How long does it usually take to get an appointment?
- What is
the provider’s policy with emergencies during
- What is the provider’s medication
Rank these questions
in order of importance, and call provider’s
offices to find out where each one falls in reference to these
questions. When you make an initial call to a provider’s
office, the staff should answer any questions you may have. You
may even make
visit to meet with the provider, but you will most likely be charged
for this visit.
Click below to read about related topics.
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