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
- 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
- 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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