Q: What’s the first step when looking for a new healthcare provider for me or my family?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Ask your friends and family. Talk to your neighbors. Ask your son’s teacher. Referrals are one of the best ways to get an idea of who to consider and also who to avoid. Keep in mind, however, that, because no two people are alike, it’s best to get opinions from several different individuals.
Q: Do all doctors accept all insurance plans?
Marla Ahlgrimm: No, and they do not have to. Most insurance plans run off what’s called a network. This is a stream of physicians that have chosen to offer services to the insurance provider’s clients. Once you decide on a healthcare provider, contact their billing office to determine if they accept your plan.
Q: Is it okay just to show up to check out a new doctor’s office?
Q: How important is my religion when choosing a doctor?
Marla Ahlgrimm: This is something many people fail to consider. However, while all doctors are committed to your health and best interests, if you have unique circumstances, it’s wise to have a conversation with your physician about your personal beliefs and needs.