Is it time to change your doctor?

This post is part of a series that focuses on children’s and women’s health, as part of a sponsored partnership with Aurora Health Care.

Are you happy with your pediatrician? How about with your OB/GYN? Has it been a long time since you visited the doctor?

If you’ve recently moved to a new location, are newly pregnant, or have had some not-so-positive experiences with your current doctor, it might be time for a new doctor.

But finding someone you “click with” can be tough.

For me, a really good doctor is someone who:

-listens. (Really listens. This is so important to me.)

-is knowledgeable and thorough.

-does not rush through my appointment. (But, but… wait, I had one more question.)

-considers both traditional medicines and alternative medicines.

Of course, I have to make sure other boxes are checked off, as well. They need to be covered by my insurance, for example, and I’d prefer that they be close by. I am flexible with schedules, but would prefer someone who can see me in the morning.

What about you? What is important to you in a doctor?

If you’re thinking about finding a new doctor, here are some tips:

1. Ask people you trust who their doctor is. What made them choose their doctor and what has their experience been like? If you’re new to the area, join a local mom group on Facebook. The members are always willing to offer their two cents.

2. Make sure your insurance covers the doctor. (To help save you time, Aurora Health Care has provided a list of insurance providers that typically cover Aurora Health Care primary care services.)

3. Check their hours. Make sure their schedule realistically works with yours.

4. Know your options. A family medicine doctor cares for people of all ages, and has general training in pediatrics, gynecology and geriatric medicine. An internal medicine doctor specializes in caring for adults. A pediatrician specializes in caring for newborns, infants, children and teens. An OB/GYN specializes in caring for women, providing annual screenings, prenatal care and labor and delivery services for pregnant women. A physician assistant works under a doctor’s supervision to perform exams, diagnose diseases and prescribe medicine. A nurse practitioner has advanced training and works as part of a team with a doctor. They perform exams, diagnose diseases and prescribe medicine.

5. Dig deeper. Ask to schedule a visit to meet the doctor, or use an online search tool to find out more about the doctors you are interested in. (The Aurora Doctor Search Tool includes video interviews, and you can search by specialty and location. It’s actually kind of fun.)

6. Trust your gut. Only you know best which doctor is right for you and your family.

Do you have a doctor in the area you love? What do you love about them? Sound off below!

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