What you should look for in a family doctor

Picking a family doctor is no small matter. Ideally, the person you choose will be taking care of you and your family’s health needs for many years to come. That’s why it’s so important to have a great fit from the start. You want a physician you can feel confident in—someone who will reassure you whenever you have a health issue pop up. Here are some factors you should be sure to consider, before you make your choice.

Compatible with your insurance

Before you consider any other factors, make sure the physician you are looking at is covered by your insurance. Particularly if your insurance only covers “in-network” providers, you want to be sure you won’t be breaking the bank to visit a certain practitioner. No matter how good the fit might be, it’s not realistic if it’s not affordable. However, if you truly feel a certain doctor is right for you, you might decide to switch insurance instead.

The right fit for your whole family

Another major consideration is whether a given physician is right for your entire family. You may have found a doctor who gives you great advice on managing your knee pain, but are they a good match for your children as well? How’s their bedside manner? Choosing someone, friendly, personable, and goal-oriented is especially important in a primary care physician.

You’ll also want to consider how their schedule matches yours. Be sure to ask about hours, willingness to make house calls, and general availability.

Lastly in terms of fitting your family, you want to know what their philosophy of care is. Some doctors focus more on preventative care, whereas others are more treatment oriented.

Board certified

Board-certified doctors have extra, post-medical school training in specific fields. If you’re picking a family doctor, you’ll want someone who is board certified in family practice. The rigorous examination process they undergo ensures that they are knowledgeable and capable. In fact, board-certified family physicians are retested every seven years. Knowing your physician specializes in the type of care you need brings a lot of peace of mind.

If you’re in the market for a family doctor, we highly encourage you to check out Lakeview Hospital. Our lead physician, Dr. Kenneth Crump, is board-certified and has many years of experience as a family practitioner. We know you’ll be in good hands.

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