Choosing a Doctor

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

What do you do when you call your physicians office to schedule an appointment and are told that your doctor is retiring or relocating? Or, that the doctor you have been seeing is not covered under a new health insurance plan? Dr. Edward Hill has some recommendations in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

It is important to have a primary care doctor who knows you and all of your health problems. Even if you see specialists for certain health conditions, a primary care doctor needs to work with those specialists and coordinate all of your health care.

In choosing a doctor you should ask these questions:

- Is the doctor board certified? This means they have extra training and keep up to date with new medical advances.

- Communication style you must choose a doctor with a communication style that fits your need.

- Does the doctor accept your health insurance?

- Location of doctors office will it be easy for you to get there?

- Does the doctor admit patients to a hospital, and if so, which hospital?

- And who covers for the doctor after hours and when the doctor is out of town?

Nurses in your area are a great resource to help you find out about available physicians and their practice style.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.