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[social_warfare]Maybe you need to find a new doctor or you just haven’t set aside the time to make an appointment in a while. Choosing a new doctor can be intimidating and scary. As moms, we often put ourselves on the back burner because we juggle so many other things. Kids have to get to school, all the extracurricular activities, we have meetings to attend and let’s not forget, we have to work to bring home the bacon.
If you have ever flown, you have heard the flight crew tell you and show you, in case of an emergency, if the masks are deployed, put your mask on first, and then help anyone you may be with. The same strategy is important for us moms, especially if we are in solo flight managing our household. One area that we often neglect is our own health. When was the last time you had a checkup? If it has been a while I encourage you to set aside time to schedule an appointment.
What will it take to get to get you on track for scheduling that checkup you have been putting off? Is there a time you can block on your calendar to do the research you need to make your choice of doctor or check with your insurance? Do you already have a doctor that you like and trust? If so, that makes it a little easier. Remember our health is important to our whole family. Getting a checkup can help you head off illnesses and take care of areas that may be of concern.
What if you don’t have a doctor you trust or like? Maybe you are moving into a different season of your life and need to find a doctor with a different specialty. What are some questions that you might need to ask yourself before making a choice?
Here are some questions to ask when choosing a doctor:
- What stage of life am I in? Do I still need to see an OB/Gyn or can a family practitioner handle my care?
- Do I have any chronic illnesses that need to be followed by an internist or some other specialist?
- Is this doctor a part of the insurance network that I am a part of?
- Do I prefer male or female providers?
- What have other patients said about this doctor?
- Is this doctor part of a hospital that I prefer to go to should I need additional care?
- What happens when you are ill after hours?
- Is it in a location that is convenient for you?
- What are the hours of operation?
- How long before you can get an appointment?
- Do you need to have special tests or a physical done before being an established patient?
- What is the staff like when you call?
- If you are ill and need an appointment, how long will you have to wait to get in?
Don’t be afraid to ask if you can interview the doctor before making a decision to get a physical done. You are hiring them to be your doctor and you want to choose someone that you feel comfortable with. During my last pregnancy, we had moved to a new area where I was not completely familiar with the pediatricians. My older children did not need to go as often and I would usually manage most minor illnesses myself. I scheduled a time that worked for the doctor and myself so I could get to know him and his practice, before deciding to bring my soon to be newborn there.
Now that you have some ideas of how to go about finding a doctor, when will you schedule the time in your calendar to do the research and make the appointment?
Print out the pdf here to remind you of some questions to ask.