This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo.
In the hope for a healthier future, one of the most overlooked factors is the relationship you have with your doctor. We don’t know why, but it still feels like a pretty trivial matter, which is crazy because this is one of the most intimate and unique relationships you will ever have. A lot of the time, you won’t even talk to your spouse or significant lover with the same exposure, openness and vulnerability, which is why it is considered to be so sacred amongst medical professions.
But this isn’t all: your doctor also has a huge influence over your health and well-being, and that’s why you need to make sure you find the right doctor; one that is perfect for you. Sure, this may require a little bit of effort up front but, given you will only have one or two doctors in your lifetime, it is totally worth it. So, to help you get that security of having a doctor you trust implicitly, we have pulled together a few steps to help you find an amazing new doctor.
Picking The Perfect Doctor Is Crucial To A Healthy Life
Create A Shortlist
When it comes to social proof, nothing holds as much resonance as getting real-life insights from people you know, love and trust. So, first off, start asking your friends and family for their recommendations, and what they like about their doctor. Once you have this list, it’s time to take to the internet-machine. This is because there are numerous sites that can help you find doctors and see how they have been graded; sites like BetterDoctor, DocFinder and HealthGrades.
Time To Start Vetting
It’s all good and well have a concentrated shortlist with names that match your hopes and aspirations on paper, but nothing beats actually meeting them in person and finding out a little bit more about them and what they offer. To help you get the most out of this vetting experience, we have pulled together a few things you should bring up in conversation, whether it is with them or their office:
- How much will it cost: in case you aren’t aware, healthcare can be super-duper expensive. Even if you have great insurance, that bill can be painstaking. So, always ask about their insurance requirements, their annual fees and what forms of payment they accept.
- Check that certification: just so you know, bad doctors do exist. In fact, the issues surrounding medical malpractice are seeing more and more patients contact Crossen Kooi Law and the likes of. As such, always made sure the doctor you are speaking to has board certification and can provide some quality assurances. You want credentials.
- Experience is crucial: one thing you’ll find with doctors is they all specialize in one thing or another. What you need to do is find one that suits your need. If you don’t have anything specific and are just looking for a general doctor for your family needs, then look for one trained in Family Medicine. They have the widest experience and can help with everything from sports injuries to general healthcare.