Need to find a new pediatrician NOW?

Does the New Year mean a new health insurance company for your family? Or maybe your 14 year-old daughter asked if she could possibly see a female pediatrician. Whatever the reason you are searching for a new health care provider these guidelines may help you find the right practice:

 

  • Choose an office located near home/work/daycare
  • Ask other moms or your local pharmacist for recommendations
  • Check out how easy it is to make an appointment: call and see how long you are on hold to speak to the office staff
  • Make sure the office has separate waiting rooms for well and sick visits
  • Look for an office that will grow with your family. They should have male and female clinicians for when your kids are older (and more modest).
  • Size matters: offices with more than one doctor always have coverage, but you may not see the same provider in a large practice.
  • Weekend hours are a huge plus! Also, ask whether the practice has convenient radiology and lab facilities.
  • Ask about how the office approaches alternative treatments: do they stay up-to-date on the latest alternative treatments so they can offer sound advice, or do they ignore them?

 

The pharmacists all recommended the same practice and I couldn’t be happier with it!

                                                                                           – a BabyScience follower

TODAY.com Parenting Team Contributor

Author: Wendy Hunter, MD

Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, UC San Diego and pediatrician at Rady Children's Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine.

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