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12 Questions to ask a doctor

Posted on July 2, 2016 at 10:25 AM

Not all doctors are the same, and personality conflict is the most common reason people choose to leave their doctor. (That and insurance coverage, but then it’s not really a choice to change doctors.) Here are 12 basic questions to ask a pediatrician or family practice doctor before deciding whether they are the right fit for your family.


1. Do you belong to a group practice? Who covers for you when you’re not available?

2. What are your office hours? What are your days off?

3. How can I reach you in an emergency? If you can’t be reached, what procedure should I follow?

4. How can I reach you for non-emergency questions? Will I be able to speak with the doctor for these questions?

5. What do you like best about your job?

6. What is your philosophy on the following topics?

- Breastfeeding / bottle feeding

- Circumcision

- Helping my child sleep

- Antibiotics

- Alternative medicine

- Immunizations/vaccines

- Temper tantrums / behavioral problems

7. How far in advance do I need to schedule appointments? Can I get a same-day appointment if my child is sick?

8. Do you perform any procedures on site (such as strep testing, urine testing, and blood testing)?

9. How often are checkups scheduled?

10. What is the typical waiting time before we see the doctor?

11. Does the office send out reminders for checkups?

12. How do you stay up to date on the latest medical advances?

I will answer these questions next week!

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