You doctor should be someone you trust completely — after all, you’re putting your life in his or her hands! You want a doctor who respects your time, is always looking out for your welfare, and really listens to your concerns. Here are a few tips for evaluating your doctor and his or her staff.
where did you go to school? is it a reputable and accredited medical school?
did you complete 3 years of residency in your area of expertise?
are you board-certified for the type of medicine you practice? is your re-certification up to date?
are your medical and drug licenses up-to-date?
may I have 5 references of current patients that I can contact?
use the AMA’s “doctor finder” to check education and licensure
check the American Board of Medical Specialties for board certification
have you ever been involved in a malpractice suit?
each state’s board of medical licensure can provide you with information about malpractice suits
does the staff treat you well and make you feel comfortable?
does the office seem to function efficiently?
does the doctor see you on time, or leave you waiting for your appointment?
is the receptionist polite and helpful — both in person and on the phone?
is the office clean?
does the staff handle scheduling, referrals, and payment issues in a competent manner?
do you expect me to pay in full at the time of the visit?
do you accept my current insurance?
will you file a claim directly with my insurance company, or do I do it?
do you accept Medicare and Medicaid?
do you offer a discount for cash payment?
what is your health care philosophy?
how do you emphasize prevention in your practice?
what are your office hours? are you available evenings, weekends, or holidays for emergencies?
who will cover for you if I need care while you are out of the office?
how often do you recommend check ups? what tests do you normally order?
can a family member come in with me during an examination?
may I tape record my visits and our discussions?
what are your thoughts on alternative and complementary therapies?
does the doctor ask questions about your lifestyle and habits?
does the doctor listen to you when you share your thoughts and concerns?
does the doctor look you in the eyes and connect with you?
does your doctor adequately answer your medical and other questions?
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