How to choose your own physician?

Everyone has their own philosophy when it comes to choosing a physician.

For primary care, you need a responsive staff from the office, no matter how brilliant your primary care physician is. The utmost important thing about a primary care office is how responsive they are to the calls because you are going to call them a lot for basic stuff – physical exam form, lab test results, prescription refill, triage your symptoms at night. This usually relates to how the practice is managed, but less pertains to the capabilities of physicians who work there.

Secondly, you need some continuity in your care – do you want to see a different provider every time you go there and repeat again and again your own story? No one writes such a detailed note for the visit so all the information retains. Considering finding some physician who is not close to their retirement age so you can build a long-term relationship instead of being handed over to someone else in a short period. In addition, make copies of your medical records every a few years – some clinic purge records according to the statue limitations, which means once it is out of the legalized time period of keeping the medical records, “poof”, they are out of the window.

Thirdly, bedside manner vs. technical excellence vs. conscientiousness vs. experiences. This is really the field that everyone has a different taste for.

 

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