4 Questions To Ask -- Avoid These Mistakes When Selecting Your Next Primary Care Or
Family Doctor

1) Is Eight Minutes Enough Time For Your Doctor To Collect 25 Years of Family History?

Most doctors are busy and they have huge waiting rooms full of people that they need to treat. If you visit your doctor for an average of 8 minutes per visit and schedule a visit 6 times per year, you've spent less than 60 minutes with your doctor throughout an entire year! Is that really enough time for your doctor to get to know you and make a good assessment of your health risks based on your current condition and family history?

2) Does your doctor have to look at your chart to remember your name?

'Nuff said. I think you get the point here.

3) How full is the waiting room?

Just because the waiting room and parking lot is full, doesn't mean you've found the best doctor. In today's day and age of insurance, doctors join hundreds of insurance plans in order to get their practice listed in more directories. The more directories that the doctor is listed in, the more likely that his/her practice is going to be full of patients that know nothing about him. As you are probably aware, these directories tell you nothing about the doctor, his medical background, patient testimonials, wait-time, etc.

4) Does your doctor's office have two waiting rooms?

The answer you are looking for here us either two (2) or none. Just a few days ago, I visited my dermatologists office. He separated his practice as soon as I walked in by asking patient to go right or left. Right was for 'cash only' patients and the left was for 'Insurance Patients'.

Do you want to know the difference between the 'Cash Only' waiting room and the 'Insurance' side? Let me tell you, there was a big difference. As a cash paying patient, the waiting room was turned into a lobby, there were refreshments, fresh coffee, cold juice, a flat screen tv playing the latest news and more. People were happy.

On the insurance side, there were frowns, ugly furniture, old paint and nine people waiting.

The next time I'm looking for a doctor, I'm not going to look in a directory. I'm going to look for a color photo, a well-written profile, some details about the doctor I'm seeing, hopefully find some positive and refreshing patient testimonials and have the attitude of anticipation and excitement.

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