Choosing a doctor is a huge decision. It can be really overwhelming to try and find a doctor that you genuinely like that actually has the time to give you the care you need without even taking into consideration the fact of whether or not your insurance covers them. It’s important to be sure you’re using all of your resources to get the care that you deserve.
Here’s a few steps you can take to be sure you’re choosing the best doctor for you:
Friends and Family
Ask your friends and family. Obviously the best place to start is with the people you trust most. Your friends and family are a great resource for finding great local doctors with the best personal recommendations around. When looking online, it can be really difficult to get a feel for a doctor or doctor’s office to see if they’re a good match, talking to those close to you gives you a first hand encounter of their experiences better equipping you to make the right choice!
Research doctors in your area. You want to be sure your doctor is easily accessible so researching the best options in your current area is another great place to start. Convenience is a huge factor, especially when choosing a primary care doctor. Life gets crazy and no one wants to drive 30+ minutes for a doctors appointment they probably aren’t thrilled to be going to in the first place. Make it as easy on yourself as possible and make sure they’re close by.
Online Review Tools
Use online tools such as Healthgrades, WebMD, Vitals and more. These sites are another great resource when it comes to getting real reviews from real people. This allows you to get a better feel for the doctor, appointment availability, the office, and even the receptionist which will help you choose the option that best fits your needs.
Check Insurance Coverage
Be sure your insurance covers the doctors you’re looking at. Fortunately for FitHealth members, they have the freedom to go to the doctor of their choosing with no regulations or limitations. However, this isn’t always the case. Be sure to check with your insurance company to see if your current plan allows you to see the doctors that best fit your needs.
We know choosing the right doctor for you and your family is no easy task. We hope this helps make navigating the waters a bit easier! Remember to never settle for less than you and your family deserve when it comes to health. Choose the options that meet your needs the best way possible!