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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Be vewy vewy quiet...

Be vewy vewy quiet, 
I'm hunting a new doctow!!

Well I am over feeling betrayed and now I'm just kind of pouting a bit about having to find a new doctor.  Since it has been a while since I made my own selection, only thinking about my own health, I have been researching things to keep in mind when making the choice.  Leave it to MedicineNet to have the best article!  

The article was written and edited by Medical Doctors, which explains why they thought of things I hadn't even considered.  My current doctor did make a recommendation for the new physician joining the group, but I haven't made up my mind yet.  I would like to remain within the Erlanger Health System, because so many of my Specialists are within the system.  
  • Which hospital(s) does the doctor use? Are you comfortable with the possibility of being treated at one of these institutions should the need arise?
  • Where are routine x-rays and laboratory studies performed? Can these be done in-office, or will you have to go to an outside laboratory?
  • How long must you wait for an appointment after you call? Can you be seen on the same day if you have an urgent need?
  • Who covers for the physician when he/she is away? Whom should you call if you have a problem after-hours? If the doctor works in a group, are you comfortable with being seen by one of the practice partners? 
  • Does the physician frequently refer patients to specialists or does he/she prefer to manage the majority of your care themselves?
The article brought up some good points, but I haven't made up my mind yet what I'm going to do.  

You can check out the article in its entirety, here.  


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