Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Switching Doctors? 9 Questions To Ask

Most people don't seem to realize this, but as the patient, you are in control of your relationship with your doctor. Your doctor is working for you - if you are not happy with the care you are receiving, switching to a different provider is completely within your rights. 

If you are contemplating switching to a different provider, asking certain questions can be a great way to determine whether or not your new provider will be the right fit. The answers to these questions can help you determine whether or not your new Lake of the Ozarks doctor will be a good fit for you and your family.

1. Is The Technology Up-To-Date?
How current is the equipment at your new facility? Will you have access to the advances of modern healthcare technology?

2. How Accessible Is The Practice?
How long is the drive to the hospital or clinic? If there is an emergency, will you be able to receive treatment in a timely manner?

3. Who Will Be Providing The Majority Of Your Care?
Will your new doctor provide many of your needed services him/herself, or will he/she frequently refer you to an outside specialist?

4. Does The Doctor/Clinic Have A History Of Malpractice Claims?
Do a little digging to see if you can learn the legal history of your new practice. Even good doctors can make mistakes now and then, but if your new clinic or provider has a history of many claims or unsatisfied patients, you will probably want to look elsewhere.

5. How Long Does It Take To Get An Appointment?
Is there a long waiting list? If you are in need of urgent attention, will your new provider be able to accommodate?

6. Will The New Clinic Work With Your Insurance Company?
Insurance companies can be rather selective about the providers/hospitals they have in their networks. It's important to find out whether or not the care you receive from your new provider will be covered by your plan.

7. Is The Staff Courteous?
Do you feel welcomed when you walk in the door? Are you treated with respect? Your doctor isn't the only person you will have contact with at your new clinic, so it's important that you are comfortable with the rest of the staff.

8. Can You Receive Care After Hours?
Life is unpredictable. Quality medical care shouldn't be limited to standard business hours. Find out what your new practice's policy is on evening and weekend appointments.

9. How Do You Feel About Your New Doctor?
This is arguably the most important question you can ask yourself. While it's important to think through your decision logically, choosing your new doctor is an emotional decision as well. As you meet with your new provider for the first time, tap into your subconscious and evaluate how you feel in the presence of your new provider. Does he respect your needs? Does he address your concerns? Does he answer your questions in a way that is easy to understand? Do you feel comfortable and safe in his presence? 

Looking For A New Provider? Consider COMC!

At Central Ozarks Medical Center, we pride ourselves on providing patient-driven care. Our providers and our medical staff make a point to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care we can give them. If you are considering switching healthcare providers at the Lake of the Ozarks, we would be honored if you would consider setting up an appointment at our clinic nearest to you. You deserve the best, and it is our goal to provide you with nothing less!

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