Tips for Choosing a Family Doctor
There are just over 10,000 family and general practitioner medical professionals in Florida. 1,400 of whom are located in Miami-Dade alone, with another 1,400 serving Broward County. With so many doctors to choose from, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with making a decision. In fact, it’s almost unavoidable.
We are here to help. With over twenty-five years of experience in the South Florida medical community, we are uniquely qualified to offer helpful tips on how to choose a family doctor. Find our top four tips below.
If you have any questions about how to pick the right family doctor, or would like to request an appointment, contact us today.
Consider Your Insurance
This shouldn’t be the first factor you have to consider, but the unfortunate truth is that insurance dictates many medical decisions. This is especially true when it comes to family medicine, where your children or significant others will likely depend on your insurance policy for care.
The two most common categories of health insurance are HMOs and PPOs. There are a number of differences between the two, but the largest is that HMOs generally require you to stay within a set network of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.
You can search for in-network family doctors on your insurance provider’s website. You can also call the number on your insurance card for more information. You can go here to take a look at a list of providers that we work with here at GMP Medical.
Ask for Referrals
One of the easiest ways to find a family doctor is to ask for a referral from one of your current doctors. After all, who better to help you find the right medical professional for your family than someone you already know and trust?
This is especially true if you’re moving. Ask your current family doctor if they have any colleagues in your new location.
You can also seek referrals from your friends, family, or coworkers. These are people who know you and whose opinion you value, so their choice in which family doctor will likely be a smart one.
Do Your Family Members Have Any Specific Medical Conditions?
Another factor worth considering is whether you or anyone in your family have specific medical conditions. These conditions will certainly play a part in picking the right doctor.
There are specialties even within the world of family doctors and general practitioners. If you have a child with diabetes, for example, you will want to find a doctor who specializes in that rather than one who specializes in athletic training.
Consider Your Family’s Long-Term Needs
This tip goes hand-in-hand with the above. You should consider your family members’ long-term needs when looking for a doctor. Pay special attention to growing children or an aging significant other.
A family doctor who is perfect for your young children may be ill equipped to handle the hormones and hurdles of adolescence. A family doctor who is perfect for you and your spouse may not be the best choice as you both age.
There you have it, our four top tips for choosing a family doctor. Make sure to look at the services we offer at GMP Medical and don’t hesitate to contact us today for an initial appointment.
October 28, 2017 4:41 pm
Categories: Family Health