August 15, 2014
Guide to Finding the Right Doctor
The Importance of Communication
Perhaps one of the most important aspects that is crucial towards finding the ‘right’ doctor for you is being able to find a physician that is easy to communicate with. People want to feel as if their doctor is genuinely concerned about them and listening to them when they are sharing information about their current health problems and asking questions about their condition. When a doctor isn’t providing their undivided attention to their patient or makes it seem as if they are not taking the patient seriously, the individual begins to feel as if their doctor is viewing them more as another medical record number or desensitizing themselves from the situation.
For some people, it can be difficult to find a doctor which really listens to them and understands exactly what they are trying to describe. It isn’t a matter of simply just listening to the patient; people want to know that their doctor understands how they are feeling or the frustrations that they are dealing with when they are not experiencing the full recovery that they were hoping for or expecting. Having a doctor that is easy to relate to and serious about your care is essential in these circumstances, but all the more important when you are dealing with conditions which are only going to progress in the future.
Additionally, for some people communication with their doctor really depends on whether or not they are able to see the same perspective in terms of treatment. For example, a patient that prefers to be treated on a holistic basis is generally not going to feel as if they are being taken seriously by a doctor that prefers to just treat someone based on assumptions or whatever was written down in the patient’s file. A patient who is trying to communicate all of the issues that are associated with their medication not working properly is not going to feel as if they are communicating with a doctor who ignores their requests to try a new treatment instead.
More specifically, individuals may have to expect that they will need to try out attending visits with several doctors before they find a professional that is truly suited to treat them. Without proper communication, it’s nearly pointless to try to get serious and continual treatment from a doctor which may seem as if they are not truly concerned with your overall health. Although it can take a while to find a doctor who is genuine in their approach and working towards doing their best to provide the most quality experience for their patients, it is a necessity for people who want to focus completely on improving their health, whether it’s over a progressive scale or on the basis of a quick recovery.
Finding a Primary Care Physician
One of the most common tasks that everyone is eventually responsible for is trying to find a primary care physician within their area. This can be potentially challenging if you have just recently moved to a new location and you are not familiar with any of the medical services or professionals that are available within the area. Having a primary care physician is very important because by having a regular doctor to attend whenever you are feeling ill, you can ensure that there is always a doctor that is familiar with your complete medical history. The issue with only relying upon emergency room doctors is that you rarely end up getting treatment from the same doctor twice, therefore, they have no way of knowing if you are having continual issues which may suggest another underlying problem.
It does not have to be overwhelming or challenging to find a primary care physician, even if you are new to the area. There are many ways which you can accomplish this. The more obvious option would be to ask for some recommendations the next time that you are at the emergency room or to ask for a recommendation for a good doctor from a family member or a friend. However, if you don’t trust any of these options not to be biased in some format, then the next best option is to consider consulting with the internet for further information.
There are a few websites which provide individuals with feedback and reviews about doctors that are located within the area. By utilizing these types of websites, individuals can gain more insight into which doctors may be the most trustworthy and reliable within the city. This is not to say that you can only base your decisions upon finding a good primary care physician upon what you read on the internet; more truthfully, you can expect that you will need to visit a few doctors before you find one that is truly suitable for being your primary care physician. Although plenty of other people may have noted that the doctor was ideal for them, you may determine that you need a different doctor based on your own current health and your personal needs.
Having noted that, another option that is worth considering is contacting your insurance provider for information about primary care physicians as well. They can direct you to some of the more well-known options within the area. This has two benefits; the more obvious benefit is that you have the assurance of knowing that your insurance is going to be accepted by the doctor’s office if you choose to get treated there. However, insurance companies rarely refer low quality doctors to their clients as well, so there’s also the peace of mind of knowing that you are getting referred to a reliable doctor that is known for providing credible results.
Getting a Second Opinion
If you’ve ever felt like your doctor’s decision about your health condition wasn’t exactly right, you may have been leaning towards the possibility of getting a second opinion. Although some people would consider this to be a bit much, there are many that suggest that getting a second opinion from another doctor can never hurt the situation any and may be in your best interest. Though some doctors would consider it to be disrespectful to question their diagnosis or their opinion, ultimately only you know what’s right or wrong for your body. You’re the one who is more likely to notice differences and how your body is responding to these differences before anyone else would.
What if you decide that you need a second opinion? You don’t necessarily have to inform your doctor of this. Instead, spend some time looking for another doctor that you can visit for more information and provide them with the diagnosis and results that your previous doctor may have found. You can always get recommendations for another doctor from some of the various medical professionals that are available within your area. When you visit the other doctor, let them know that you are seeking a second opinion and what your issues were with the previous diagnosis. This information is important because it provides them with insight into possibilities that they may not have previously thought of.
In some situations, perhaps your second doctor will find something that your primary doctor didn’t even notice. They may be willing to provide you with treatments that your previous doctor wouldn’t even consider. This is where you have to determine whether or not you are going to proceed with the treatment from this doctor or if you are going to take the information of the second opinion and provide it to your primary doctor. Some patients prefer to share this information with their primary doctor because they feel that it informs them that they have made a mistake and makes them more likely to consider offering those treatments instead. However, some patients feel as if their primary doctor’s refusal to listen to their opinion provides them with enough reasoning to start using alternative treatments from their secondary physician.
For a more comfortable option, patients can also have their secondary doctor contact their primary doctor personally so that they can both discuss the information and the situation between themselves. By doing this, it’s possible that the patient may be able to provide both doctors with more insight or the doctors may settle between themselves on a form of treatment that would be the most suitable for the patient.
If you are unaware of doctors that you may want to receive exams and treatments from within your region, it may be best for you to request a few recommendations. This is even more crucial for individuals who are seeking to find a primary care physician and don’t know where to begin. Generally speaking, getting a recommendation from a professional within the medical industry is a good way to find some quality doctors which are well known for providing remarkable care and treatment for their patients on a regular basis.
One of the most common ways that some people get their recommendations from medical professionals is to go to the emergency room and ask for them the next time that they are feeling ill. This is common because most doctors at the emergency room will ask whether or not the patient has a primary care physician; if they do not, usually the doctors are more than willing to provide a few contacts for reliable primary care physicians. If you already have a primary care physician, another option is to ask for a recommendation from them for a specialist or another related type of doctor that you may need in order to gain more insight into specific areas of your body or specific conditions that you may be having issues with.
Assuming that you do not want to deal with trying to track down medical professionals in order to get a recommendation, another option is to use the internet to help you get recommendations instead. You can find endless information about doctors and their practices by researching on the internet. If you are willing to spend at least an hour doing research, you should have no problem in finding out information about nearby doctors in your area and what previous patients had to say about their experiences with them.
Reading the reviews and feedback of previous patients via the internet is an essential way to find a good doctor within your area. This is because it provides you with insight into what you might experience if you were under this doctor’s care as well. Patients that seem generally pleased with their treatment and note that that the doctors are resourceful and willing to listen to their problems generally are worth taking into consideration. Likewise, coming across negative reviews is a good hint that you should probably avoid certain doctors within the area as well. Another point to keep in mind is that you should keep several recommendations readily available so that you are always prepared in case you need additional medical attention in the future.
A common issue that has been known to occur for many people during that process of attending numerous doctors visits can be found in frustrations associated with insurance. It’s easy to surmise that insurance is a very important aspect to the healthcare industry because it’s also one of the aspects that is known to be the most problematic sometimes when it is not well-planned for or properly used. Everyone’s worst nightmare is to visit a doctor and get treatment with the assumption that their insurance provider is going to pay for it, only to discover that the doctor in question doesn’t even accept that type of insurance. Although it’s something that could have been prevented by using some foresight and calling ahead of time to confirm the insurance with the doctor’s office, it’s a common mistake that results in payment plans for many individuals.
What’s worse is when people have to go to the doctor and need medical attention, but they don’t because they don’t have any medical insurance. Without medical insurance, it’s nearly impossible for people on a low income budget to be able to afford medication or even some types of treatments because the prices associated with these visits to the doctor and the related labs can be so costly. As a result, there’s almost a consistent debate these days about how the government needs to just provide an affordable form of healthcare or insurance to the country so that everyone can receive medical attention when they need it.
For some people, finding the right doctor is as simple as finding a doctor that will accept their insurance. Some forms of insurance are very difficult to find medical offices and professionals that will accept them as a form of payment. As a result, it can be very challenging to find a facility where you can get an affordable rate for attending your doctor’s visit. Such problems are often known to keep people out of doctor’s offices because they don’t want to deal with the frustration of contacting multiple offices only to determine that there’s hardly any doctors in the area that are willing to accept their insurance.
Calling ahead of time is always key in helping to find a doctor that may accept your insurance. However, it’s important not to just take the receptionist’s claim as fact when you have made your contact. Instead, provide them with all of your insurance information over the phone and have them run your account information to ensure that your insurance will be accepted if you choose to be treated at their office or clinic. This way you have the assurance that you will be able to receive medical treatment with your insurance without any risks of it being denied when you arrive in person.
Seeing a Specialist
Even after all of the effort that is associated with trying to find an ideal doctor or get second opinions, there are still other elements to be handled. Sometimes you may determine that although you are pleased with the quality of care that your doctor is currently providing to you, you would benefit more if you were able to get examined by a specialist. This is a reasonable option if you are seeking to gain more insight into why you are dealing with certain health issues or why your body may be reacting in unexpected ways to various types of treatments.
Finding your specialist is generally one of the easier points during this experience. Your doctor and your medical team will be able to provide you with some information about some of the top specialists that are available within the area. If you have further considerations that need to be examined, you may want to contact your insurance provider to determine whether or not these specialists are available to accept your insurance coverage at the moment. Some people find more difficulty in trying to find a specialist that is approved for coverage by their insurance provider.
When you’ve found a specialist in the area that you are interested in, take over your medical files or have your primary doctor send them over. This will provide the specialist with more insight into what you are experiencing and details about your medical history. They will generally ask you a few questions to gain more insight into the situation. At this point, it’s entirely up to you to explain your concerns and what your body has been experiencing over the course of the progression of your condition. Your specialist may be able to give you some insight into why this is occurring. If not, they may suggest that it’s time to have a few tests run in order to gain more information about what’s occurring inside of your body.
Sometimes you might visit a specialist and not even receive the type of information or diagnosis that you were expecting. Pay attention to how willing your specialist is to provide you with tests and if they seem genuinely interested in your condition. If not, you may want to get a second opinion from another specialist within the area. When you are dealing with trying to find a specialist and determine whether or not you are dealing with underlying conditions or other possibilities, it’s very important to ensure that you have found a professional that is taking you seriously and is willing to devote time to exploring more about what you may be experiencing. Attention to detail is especially important here because it is one of the main ways that specialists are able to notice the determining factors which help them to discern whether or not something is more intricately wrong or damaged within your body.