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For many people, trips to the doctor are more stressful than they need to be. These visits are important for maintaining long-term health, and finding the right doctor can be a long process for many. To make sure your doctor visits are meaningful, follow these ideas when searching for a primary care physician.
Finding the Right Doctor
The first step is finding the right doctor to meet your expected needs. Some tips here include:
Health Care System Considerations
Particularly if you’re someone who regularly has to see specialists, it could be beneficial for you to always choose doctors that operate in the same system or network. This often makes things like comparing results and sharing information easier – and allows doctors who already know each other to work together.
Seeing a Separate Doctor
Many doctors, particularly primary care physicians, have schedules that book out months in advance – it might be tough to get an appointment with your specific doctor every time you need one. In most cases this is fine, particularly if you’re looking for help with a specific medical concern or condition; simply make an appointment with another professional in that practice while also setting the later appointment with your own doctor. This way, you get the immediate treatment you need and can still see your own personal doctor when available for any concerns.
Tips for the Visit
Some basic tips for a given doctor’s visit:
Speak to your healthcare provider for further recommendations on finding the right doctor and having good, productive visits.
“A Doctor’s Tips for Going to the Doctor.” WebMD. https://blogs.webmd.com/doctors/2018/03/a-doctors-tips-for-going-to-the-doctor.html
“A Doctor’s Guide to a Good Appointment.” New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/guides/well/make-the-most-of-your-doctor-appointment
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.