Dec 31, 2013
Post By: Julie Henry, RN, MPA
Choosing a primary care pediatrician to care for your child may be one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a parent.
“There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a physician,” says Ray Tsai, M.D., president of MyChildren’s Pediatric Practice. “A good place to start is to ask for referrals from friends and neighbors. You’ll also want to look for a practice that’s convenient to your home, has convenient hours and takes your insurance. Before you make a final decision, set up an appointment to see how the practice runs and what type of rapport you have with the physician and office staff.”
During your initial appointment, Dr. Tsai recommends that you ask the following questions:
“Pay attention to the physician’s personality or demeanor as your questions are being answered,” says Dr. Tsai. "Also, note whether the staff members appear to have the ability to work collaboratively with each other, how easy or difficult it is to make an appointment, whether or not the office is clean, if the staff seems friendly and whether or not the patients in the waiting room look happy.”
Selecting a pediatrician that you trust, and feel comfortable with, is an important step in the health and well being of your child. Take the time to do your research.
MyChildren's is dedicated exclusively to children. Each of our offices is staffed by physicians who are board-certified in pediatrics.
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