Tips on finding a family physician
Be sure that whoever you select will have the professional experience and a bedside manner that will make you feel comfortable and secure when you need medical attention.
Here is an overview of some things to consider:
What type of doctor do you need?
Having back pain? Foot pain? You wouldn’t want to see an ObGyn. Figure out what type of doctor you’re looking for before you start your search. Profiles of physicians on Kudzu.com are broken down by category, sub category and physician specialties.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality you should look for a doctor who:
Don’t be afraid to ask your potential doctor lots of questions.
If you already are in a health plan, your choices may be limited to participating doctors. Consult your insurance company if you are unsure about a particular doctor.
If you have a choice of plans, you may want to first think about which doctor(s) you would like to use and then confirm that the doctor is available for an appointment. Note that some doctors only accept a limited amount of patients from insure carriers such as Medicaid. Your best course of action is to call and double check.
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