Published on June 26, 2015
Choosing a doctor is one of the most important decisions you’ll make about your health care. Finding the right one can take a little work, but is well worth it. If you’ve already had your first visit with a primary care doctor under your new plan, ask yourself these 5 questions to make sure your doctor is the right one for you:
- Did you feel the doctor cared about your health and about you as a person?
- Did the doctor listen to you and address your needs?
- Did the doctor use words you could understand and talk to you in a way that made you feel comfortable?
- Was he or she respectful of your opinions, culture, and beliefs?
- Did you feel like you could ask questions at the appointment or call the doctor later with questions?
If you answered “Yes” to these questions, you may have found a doctor that’s right for you. If you answered “No” to any of these questions, ask yourself if you think the doctor would make changes if you spoke up. Sometimes, that’s the best way to get what you need.
It may take more than one appointment when choosing the right doctor for you. Take the time to explore your options. If you’re not satisfied with your primary care doctor, you can look for another doctor in your network. Your insurance company may be able to help you with this. Make sure to tell them what you’re looking for, like a doctor who has certain hours, is a specific gender or speaks a certain language.
It’s important to find a doctor who meets your needs. Having a good doctor you can trust can lead to a longer, healthier, and happier life.