Choosing the Right Doctor for You
Choosing a doctor should be an important and well-planned decision. However, many people spend less time deciding on a doctor than they do deciding what to eat for dinner. Not all doctors are of the same quality or provide the right level of care for your particular needs. When choosing a doctor, keep your particular needs in mind.
- Work with your insurance. Many insurance plans only cover certain doctors within a particular area. If your insurance limits which doctors you may see, check with your insurance company before making an appointment.
- Are you choosing a primary care physician? A primary care physician is your general doctor whom you visit for most problems. You should choose a primary care physician that you can trust and with whom you can clearly communicate and with whom you are comfortable talking about any medical problem that may arise. Some patients are more comfortable with a male doctor or a female doctor, and some patients are more comfortable choosing a doctor who speaks his or her first language.
- Are you choosing a specialist? A specialist has extensively studied a particular area, such as a dermatologist or a gynecologist. Under many insurance plans, your primary care physician must refer you to a specialist. This is another reason why it is important to choose a primary care physician who you trust.
It is important to choose a doctor you trust for your medical needs. Poor choice can lead to mistakes, confusion and malpractice. If you or a loved one has been subjected to negligent medical care, contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. today at 877-327-2600 to speak with an attorney about your situation.