NY Times: A Doctor’s Guide to A Good Appointment
[Choosing a doctor], You can glance at these online ratings sites, but be sure to take them with an enormous grain of salt…I recommend looking for:
- A doctor who takes his or her time talking with you, as opposed to making you feel like you’re at a drive-through fast-food joint.
- A doctor who engages his or her patients in decision-making, as opposed to simply rattling off a to-do list.
- A doctor who you can get in touch with on the phone or through secure email.
You should also check with your insurance company — find out which doctors are in network and conveniently located. ..
If you are looking for a specialist to do a particular procedure (like hip replacement, cataract surgery, a CT-guided biopsy or heart valve surgery), look for a physician who does lots of them…
Timing: If you can schedule yourself to be the first or second visit of the day, you’ll have a better chance at being seen at your scheduled time. Don’t plan your visit when you have to something critical right afterward.
My take: This is a useful commentary. It also makes recommendations on finding out how much it will cost (sometimes by calling your insurance company). Other points I would make:
- Bring important information with you, like current medications (name, and dose or just bring the prescription container itself), previous test results and growth information
- Bring a [short] list of questions
- If you have a flexible schedule, in addition to the first appointments of the day, often the first appointment after lunch has a shorter wait time, particularly for physicians who tend to run late on appointments
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