If you need complicated brain surgery to treat a brain aneurysm, you should be asking the newly introduced neurosurgeon, â€œDo you think you can help me?â€ not â€œDo you have an East End office?â€ When your life is on the line, you want a doctor with top-notch skills and experience who will provide the best possible care.
Availability, while still important, should become a secondary consideration. When youâ€™re picking a new health care provider, donâ€™t just pick the first name in your health care insurance book. Instead, ask around and get referrals.
Also if youâ€™re seeing more than one physician for a particular condition, consider whether they know each other and have a good working relationship. Ask Doctor No if he works with Doctor Yes. If you donâ€™t get an answer, check with the doctorâ€™s staff.
In a time of crisis, you need your providers to be able to communicate with each other. And although weâ€™d like to think they could rise above personal differences, would you be able to? Another important factor is whether your different physicians have admitting or consulting privileges at the same hospital.
Unknowingly, patients often rely on two or more groups of physicians at different facilities. If you see one doctor as an outpatient and are then admitted to a hospital that he or she doesnâ€™t visit, youâ€™ll be stuck with someone new. During initial consultations with new physicians, ask what facilities they use.