How to Choose a Pediatrician
Finding the right doctor for your child
Prior to your interview, map out a list of questions that you’d like to have answered and make several copies. Having this “worksheet” in hand will help you address all your concerns, plus you can then review your notes later and make an informed decision about which doctor best suits your and your child’s needs.
Also ask if you will need to make a co-payment before your interview, much as you would for a regular doctor’s visit. Sometimes initial interviews with doctors are not covered by your health insurance or require a separate payment to the pediatric office.
Some pediatricians are so busy that they do not provide interviews. This may indicate the amount of personal attention you are likely to receive, should you choose that practice. Keep in mind that no matter how good a pediatrician is reported to be, if he or she is overworked, your interaction with him or her is likely to be unsatisfactory.
Before you go, print out our Pediatrician Questionnaire.
The Right Pediatrician
A pediatrician, like all good primary care doctors, can become a trusted family friend and advisor. Choosing a good pediatrician requires a modest amount of effort.
Chances are the bulk of your decision will be attributed to how the pediatrician makes you and your child feel. A good doctor knows how to not only put your mind at ease, but can also interact successfully with your child.
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