Finding a Physician You Can Trust
When it comes to people in your life that you trust, your doctor should be on the top of that list. Unfortunately, with rising healthcare costs and changing insurance plans, it can be hard to tell which doctors are really looking out for you, and which ones are trying to make a quick buck.
Ask 4 Sam is here to give you some tips on finding a physician that will keep your best interest in mind.
Above all, you should look for physicians who treat you with respect. This can mean many things, from how they conduct an appointment to whether or not their office is regularly on time. If your physician is not patient with you and willing to listen, you won’t have a good experience or receive the quality of care you need and deserve.
Choose a physician who encourages you to ask questions, especially if you have a chronic illness. Sometimes doctors talk too fast, and don’t take the time to explain things to their patients—make sure your physician is willing to take the time to explain everything to you and answer all your questions.
If you’re not sure what steps to take to find a new doctor, work with your insurance company. They’ll list doctors in your area, and may even have patient ratings and reviews. Read through some of the reviews, and choose someone it seems like you could trust. You could also ask friends and neighbors for recommendations.
Once you determine that the doctor is taking new patients, schedule an appointment and pay close attention to how you feel throughout your appointment. If you are at any time feeling uncomfortable, rushed, or stressed, that doctor might not be for you.