So, you’re looking for a new doctor. Whether you’ve moved across town, your previous doctor retired, or you’re under a new insurance plan, looking for a new doctor can be difficult and draining. While each doctor brings something unique to the table – and sometimes the only thing that matters is location or whether they are in plan – there are some qualities that go beyond zip code or coverage when considering which practice is the right fit for you and your family. Here are five qualities to look for in a primary care practice.
You Feel Comfortable
You’ll be seeing your doctor regularly for check-ups and any other health concerns you have. The primary care practice you choose will be your go-to doctor to help you monitor everything from acute injuries and illness like a sprained ankle or the flu; to chronic conditions like diabetes. Your doctor will oversee the entire extent of your health, so you should be sure you feel comfortable talking to them about personal information. This may be difficult to determine this in a consultation or introductory meeting, but if any doctor makes you feel uncomfortable for any reason at that time, consider it a red flag to keep looking.
They Can Meet Your Needs
Your medical and personal needs will likely influence your choice of physician. Of course, insurance coverage or the doctor’s office proximity to you can outweigh more subject matters such as bedside manner. Be sure to also consider things that your previous primary care physician offered, or things you wish they offered for any chronic conditions or lifestyle changes you were interested in.
What Is the Environment Like?
While choosing the physician is incredibly important, you also want to make sure you feel comfortable and cared for in the overall environment. When visiting potential offices be sure to take note of the entire office. Is the staff friendly and easy to contact? Does it seem like the office is often full or hard to get an appointment? Also, be sure to ask questions about the details like appointment cancellations, payment policies, internet access to your records, or who will cover your care if your primary physician is out. Find out what care is available outside of office hours, especially if you have an emergency.
What if your doctor’s professional philosophies?
You may not be a doctor, but you have an idea of what professional philosophies you would like in your medical professionals. For example, if you suffer a sports injury, will your doctor work to get you back on the playing field or recommend a more conservative therapeutic approach? Does he believe in new treatments, such as regenerative medicine, or does he prefer tradition therapies? It’s ok to not agree with every decision your doctor makes, but when communications and collaboration are involved, it is best to find a doctor who understands where you are coming from with regard to your and your family’s health.
What Are Your Individual Preferences?
Last but not least, what are your personal preferences? Finding the perfect primary care physician for you takes knowing what you like, what practices or methods you align with, and possibly what the physician practices in their personal like. Perhaps you prefer a physician who shares your gender or religion? Knowing that your doctor will become part of your personal care team, it is important you make the right choice for you.
It’s incredibly important to have a trustworthy and experienced medical team by your side. Lynx Healthcare offers a variety of medical care services, including general healthcare, pain management, medi-spas, and much more. To make an appointment at one of the Lynx Healthcare clinics in Oregon, Yakima, Tri-Cities, or Goldendale, call us at (509) 591-0070, or contact our Spokane clinic at (509) 321-4575. We look forward to helping you enjoy an active, pain-free lifestyle!