4 Tips for Finding the Right Doctor for Your Individual Health Concerns

Posted On Sunday, 24 March 2019
4 Tips for Finding the Right Doctor for Your Individual Health Concerns

When it comes to your personal health, you need to find a doctor you can trust and one who will really listen to your issues of concern. Although there are some doctors who offer primary care for each member of your family, you might have concerns that can only be treated by a specialist or a healthcare provider who better understands your specific needs.

Here are a few tips for finding a doctor catered to your health needs.

1) Ask Friends and Family

One of the best ways to find a doctor who can address your specific health concerns is to talk to the people who are closest to you. Find out if there’s an office that stands out from others. Talk about the type of care provided and how patients are treated when they are in the office. Your friends and family members will likely be more willing to give you advice about what to expect, as they genuinely want you to take care of yourself.

2) Ensure Certifications

Read the reviews that are posted online as well as the certifications and licenses that the office holds. You want to find an office that has doctors, nurses, and other staff members who are experienced and who are legally able to practice medicine. You can look at HCP license validation websites to ensure details are current with each person who is in the office.

3) Take a Trip

Another tactic is to do a quick internet search to find doctors in your area. You can map out which ones initially appear to be the best fit and which offices you would like to pop into. This way, you can get an idea of the vibe and culture each doctor has. Pay attention to the signs that are at the front of the building as well. While driving around, you can determine how close the office is to your home or place of employment. You want to be able to reach the office when needed and not have to travel a long distance.

4) Contact Your Insurance Company

Your insurance provider will likely have a list of the doctors who specialize in certain areas of medicine. This is beneficial, because you’ll know who is in your network and who isn’t, which can save you money. Once you have a list of doctors, you can talk to your provider about the co-payments and deductibles required for specialists as well.

Your health is important, and you should find a doctor who will provide the best level of care for you. It’s often better to have a few doctors in mind instead of setting your sights on only one physician. Keep in mind, you should feel comfortable in changing to another doctor in the future, should you feel the need.

Emma Sturgis

Emma Sturgis is a freelance writer based out of Boston, MA. She writes most often on health and education. When not writing, she enjoys reading and watching film noir. Say hello to Emma on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2.

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