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How to Choose a Doctor

Questions to Ask a Doctor

In the process of selecting a family physician, you should draw up a list of basic questions to ask the doctor and consider the following:

  • Will the doctor treat all family members?
  • Is the doctor covered by your insurance plan?
  • Does the doctor provide care during pregnancy and perform deliveries?
  • Does the doctor have staff privileges at a nearby accredited hospital?
  • Does the doctor perform surgery? If so, what kind?
  • Does the doctor encourage preventive medicine, such as routine checkups, immunizations, and follow-up tests?
  • Does the doctor make emergency house calls for bedridden family members?
  • Does the doctor have office hours that are convenient for your family, especially for those who work or attend school?
  • What arrangement does the doctor have for a substitute when he or she is unavailable?
  • What are the fees for the various services?
  • Is the doctor certified by the American Board of Family Practice (or a specialty board of another area)?

The answers to these questions, along with the recommendations of friends and neighbors, will help you select the right doctor for you and your family.