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7 Tips for Finding a New Doctor When You Move
By Amelia Grant
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On average, 36 million Americans move each year. If you are one of those people, youíve probably already went online and found the best local restaurants, grocery stores, and dry cleaners - but what about a new doctor? Moving is not easy and there are many things you need to take care of, but taking the time to find a new doctor is worth it. We have outlined seven tips for you to do just that.
- Check into doctors before you move.
Before moving, you should first talk to your current doctor. See if he has any connections in the city you're going to be moving to. Do your research before you move.
- Identify the type of doctors you really want.
Figure out what you need most. Do you need a pediatrician for your children, OB-GYN, for yourself or a general practitioner who can see your entire family? Find out your options and be flexible.
- Look at hospitals in your new area.
Donít only look for information regarding your doctor. Look for hospitals at which you can be treated if you become ill. Choosing a highly rated doctor who works in a low-rated hospital is not the best way to go. There are sites like Healthgrades that rate both hospitals and doctors, showing safety ratings and information about specific procedures.
- Education, experience and certification matter.
Itís helpful to read reviews from past clients, but education and experience speak for themselves. When looking for a doctor to meet your specific needs, be sure to check out their specialty education, board certification, background check and the number of treated patients.
- Get a sense of the team care.
If you suffer from chronic illness or diabetes, see if the doctorís office has a nutritionist to help with your care. Are the nurses nice and quick to respond to questions? Find out the policies. Do they track patient outcomes for people with health histories like yours?
- Consider availability and your insurance.
If youíre going to be changing jobs in your new location, you might have a different health insurance provider. Get familiar with your new coverage, such as co-pays, deductibles and specialist referral requirements. Before making your doctors appointment, make sure the provider is in your insurance network.
- Make an appointment.
Itís a good idea to make an appointment soon as you narrow down some choices. That way you can personally get to know the doctor before committing. Remember to ask lots of questions. Having an active role in your health will lead to better care - no matter where you live.
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Article Submitted On: July 04, 2018