Are you looking for a new physician to act as your primary care or family doctor? Here are some tips for finding the right Sugar Land general physician to meet your family’s needs:
Know Their Area of Practice
What kind of doctor are you looking for? Some general practitioners can handle things like obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics and more, while others are focused more on internal medicine. Find out what your doctor handles before committing to a patient relationship with a professional that can’t meet your needs.
Know Their Typical Availability
How long of a wait are you willing to endure to see your doctor? If you are usually very healthy, a doctor with long waits may not bother you. For those with chronic health conditions or delicate overall conditions, though, waiting a long time to get in or rarely being able to get an appointment with the doctor can be a deal breaker.
How close to home is your potential provider’s office? Driving a long distance to see the doctor is never fun, especially when you or a family member are sick or injured. Try to find a provider closer to home.
It may be a good idea to ask family or friends if you are looking for a new doctor. Especially when you are new to the area, finding a physician can be hard. People who have been there for a while can give you the scoop on which doctors are great – and which to avoid.
Likewise, if you must visit a local hospital or specialist for any reason, these professionals can often point you in the direction – or even help you make an appointment -with a local general physician.
Trust Your Gut
Ultimately, you should be able to tell right away if a doctor is going to work for you and your family. Observe their bedside manner, pay attention to how they treat you, your family, and your kids. Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable, don’t schedule a follow-up appointment. If you love them? Ask the receptionist to jot you and your whole family down for the coming year.