Having a quality family doctor to rely on can help make raising a family less stressful and more enjoyable as time goes on. But finding the right doctor to work with can be a bit overwhelming if you don't know what qualities and features to look for when deciding who to work with. Following are three important things that the family doctor you choose should offer:
An Open Door Policy
It's important to make sure that the family doctor you choose maintains an open door policy in their practice so you can be there for every aspect of your children's care as they age. Whether it's a vaccination, a check-up, an x-ray, or a surgery, you should be able to stay by your child's side throughout the entire procedure.
When consulting with prospective family doctors, ask them to provide their open door policies to you in writing. If any access to family members is denied for any reason, you can address those reasons and decide whether you are comfortable with the policies set forth.
An Inviting Waiting Room
Chances are that you and your kids will have to sit in the waiting room more than once when you show up for your doctor's appointments throughout the years. So it's a good idea to check out the waiting rooms of any prospective family doctors you consider working with in the future. When inspecting a prospective doctor's waiting room, pay attention to:
Comfortable Seating Access for Adults and Kids
An Area Dedicated to Children's Entertainment
Magazines and Other Adult Entertainment
A comfortable and inviting waiting room will also provide easy access to the administration desk so you can turn paperwork in and get your questions answered while still in view of your kids.
Access to Specialists
It's also important to make sure that the doctor you decide to work with long-term has access to support from specialists to ensure that your family will be well taken care of even in extreme circumstances. If a family member develops a rare disease or needs surgery that is considered dangerous, your doctor should be able to tap into a network of specialists who can help them provide your family with the most up-to-date treatment options and the most considerate of care from beginning to end. Ask for a list of specialists a prospective doctor has access to in case of an emergency or unique health situation before deciding whether your family should start seeing them.