Check with your current doctors about the hospitals theyâ€™re affiliated with, and tell them which one you prefer. Too much time and money is wasted when selected providers are affiliated with different medical systems.
What if My Physicians Donâ€™t Use the Same Hospitals and Diagnostic Testing Centers? Although this isnâ€™t a disaster, having all of your care providers using the same facilities is certainly a lot more efficient. Why? If youâ€™re admitted to a hospital and your physician doesnâ€™t have consulting privileges, he or she wonâ€™t be able to see you, and youâ€™ll have to rely on a new doctor.
So what can you do? Find out where each of your doctors has privileges, and try to use that hospitalâ€”not necessarily the hospital thatâ€™s closest to your home. If youâ€™re like most of us, the first thing you do when youâ€™re referred to a new physician is check your health insurance directory to make sure the referred doctor is part of your insurance plan.
Before you scream and yell that he or she isnâ€™t there, check the online directory for your insurance company or give them a call. Better yet, call the business office of the physician you want to see and ask. The directories come out annually and arenâ€™t always updated regularly. Let the Patient Beware! In every town, in every county, and in every state, there are certain health care providers that, frankly, are bad for your health.