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What Should I Look For In A Pediatrician?

Use the following suggestions to help you choose a pediatrician that fits well with your family's needs:

  • Ask your own doctors, family members, co-workers and friends for recommendations for a good pediatrician. 
  • Check with your health insurance provider to see which pediatricians are covered under your plan.
  • Find out whether or not the pediatrician is board-certified.
  • Ask if he or she has an independent practice or belongs to a network of physicians.
  • Ask about hours of operation and what to do if your child becomes ill or injured after office hours.
  • Check to see which hospitals or other medical facilities the pediatrician is associated with, and where the doctor's office is located. 
  • Check with your state medical board to see if any pediatricians that you are interested in have been disciplined for wrongdoing.
  • Schedule a "getting to know you" visit with any prospective pediatrician. Some pediatricians do not charge for this initial visit. Prior to the visit, compile a checklist of questions to ask the doctor.
  • Be sure to ask the physician what he or she does to stay current on the latest pediatric health care issues.
  • Interview as many pediatricians as necessary until you find one that is trustworthy, compassionate and shares similar views and philosophies on caring for the needs of your child.

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