3 Simple Steps to Find a Great Doctor

Finding the right doctor can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Just follow these 3 simple steps, and you’ll be on your way to a doctor that best fits your family’s needs:

1.       Check with your personal network- Finding the right doctor for you can be extremely difficult, as you’re looking for someone with the proper expertise, extensive experience in their field, and a good bedside manner that matches your desired temperament. Bedside manner can be difficult to judge online, so it’s quite helpful when you know someone who has experience with a physician. Even harder to judge online is the experience you’ll have with nurses, office staff, and the billing department, which make personal referrals all the more important when seeking the right fit in a doctor’s office.

2.       Check online review websites- Another great way to find the best doctors is to look at online review websites, which can be perfect for times when your network of friends doesn’t have experience with any solid options, or they have only had negative experiences with the type of doctor you’re looking for. After only spending a few minutes on a review site, you can get a good sense of what the general consensus is about a particular doctor. When going through these sites, pay particular attention to the overall rating of the physician (generally from 1 to 5 stars), and take note of how many reviews makeup that rating. If a doctor has a 5-star rating but only has 5 reviews, that’s not nearly as impressive as a doctor with a 4.7-star rating with over 300 reviews. Also take the time to read several of the 5-star and 1-star reviews. This will give you insight into what a particular physician does well and what areas they’re deficient in.

3.       Check with your health insurance- It’s no secret that healthcare costs are out of control, and insurance companies are constantly changing who is in network and who is out of network. For many insurance plans, the out of pocket expenses you have to pay for an in-network doctor is far less than for doctors who are out of network. For this reason, make sure any physician you’re looking to see is covered by your insurance.