It’s always an intimidating task: you just moved to a new area and you need to find a new doctor. This on top of finding a place to live, starting a new job, changing your driver’s license over, getting the kids registered for school. I’ve said it myself, “I don’t have time for this!”
Now your Personal Patient Advocate can take the frustration off your list! To find the right doctor, here are some important things your Advocate can do for you:
Narrow down the field: What kind of doctor are you looking for? Do you need general practitioner (primary care doctor) or a specialist such as a gynecologist or cardiologist? The choices can be overwhelming.
Is national certification above licensure important to you? Look for extra letters behind the name.
Traditional, Holistic, Integrative, Functional? Maybe you are looking for Complimentary such as a Chiropractor or Acupuncturist.
Do they accept your insurance? This may, for some be the deciding factor, or, you may decide it is worth it to go out of network.
Always check if there have been complaints filed against them or medical malpractice lawsuits. What were the decisions?
What are the qualities you are looking for? What were the best qualities in previous doctors and what do you not want?
What have other patients experienced with the same doctor? Always check references.
Schedule time to meet the doctor before you make a commitment. This is the person whose hands you are putting your life into. If they refuse to do this, what else will they refuse to do?
Your Personal Patient Advocate can research all of this and more before you make that first phone call. I will sit down with you; discuss your personal needs and physician “wish list” with you. Once we have all the basic information, RN Patient Advocates of NC, LLC will compile a list of physicians who meet your needs, check their license for any claims against. If that weren’t enough, we will also make every attempt to meet each individual doctor and pre-screen them for you. You receive all this information in writing, making your decision as to whom your new physician is an easier one. After all, you ARE putting your life in your doctor’s hands…. You deserve the best!