Recent advances in technology now allow patients to have more control over their health care, including selecting who they want as their primary care providers. Now patients can simply go on Google or another search site, search for a doctor’s office, get their contact information and request an appointment. Additionally, platforms like Google, Facebook, and other popular review sites provide patients with valuable information, including patient satisfaction. It has become relatively easy for patients to basically shop their healthcare on their own. But with this level of access, there are important components to keep into consideration. Below are eight important factors to consider when choosing a primary care provider.
1. Location / Distance
This is perhaps one of the main reasons a patient would decide to go see a particular provider. You want to ensure your doctor is at a fair distance from your residence where you wouldn’t need to drive for long. A rule of thumb is that you shouldn’t drive more than 15 minutes to go to a doctor’s appointment, nor should your doctor’s office be more than 5 miles from you. Granted there are outliers to this rule. It is not uncommon to see patients traveling nearly 20 miles and over 30 minutes to see a doctor. Which brings us to our next point.
Health is probably the most precious thing one can have, and it should be trusted with qualified, reputable, and experienced doctors. We highly recommend patients to pick a doctor with extensive experience and whom they are certain will provide them with quality care. Our doctors have patients who drive over 30 minutes to see them, and this is a testimony to the quality of care we provide and the trust we have established with our patients.
Another important factor to consider when choosing a primary care provider is to ensure it is someone you can build a relationship with. After all, they work with you directly to make important recommendations for your health. Personal Physician Care of Hallandale has a line up of qualified, experienced, and reputable providers and you are guaranteed to find the perfect fit for your needs. In addition to great physicians, we also have amazing staff who treat you with respect and professionalism. Our patients are like family, we know each of them individually.
4. Patient Satisfaction
Online platforms like Google, Facebook, and Healthgrades, among several others, now give patients a voice to share their experience with their doctor’s office. A patient can easily log into any of these platforms and write a review about their visit and the impression of the doctor and the office they work with. The reason this is so important is that patients have complete freedom over what they can write, and prospective patients look to these reviews to help them decide on a particular doctor’s office. A rule of thumb is to look for a doctor’s office with an overall star rating of 4 or more out of 5.
One critical factor that warrants patient satisfaction is the overall quality of care, and anyone who has a choice should pick quality over the alternative. In addition to having qualified providers on staff, there are important quality measures a doctor’s office is held accountable to. The quality of a Medicare provider is measured by their HEDIS score. HEDIS stands for Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set, and it is a tool used by more than 90 percent of America’s health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service.* In more practical terms, it is how the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services measures how much a doctor’s office is dedicated to providing quality care to each patient.
6. Insurances accepted
You could have discovered that the best doctor in the country is right down the block from you, even more amazing is that they are accepting new patients. But if they don’t accept your insurance, they will not be able to see you, unless you can afford to pay the high cost of health care out of pocket. Therefore, always make sure your prospective doctor accepts your insurance before you make any commitment. Personal Physician Care of Pompano accepts most major insurances, including HUMANA and Medicare.
7. Available Service
In addition to the top quality primary care offered at Personal Physician Care of Pompano, we offer lab draws, Flu shots, and home care services. We partner with the top specialists in the area if you need any referrals.
As a patient looking to find a new doctor, you must ensure their office is available to see you. Otherwise there is no point in pursuing that doctor’s office in the first place. Personal Physician Care of Pompano is accepting new patients, click here to inquire more.
Personal Physician Care of Pompano is is located at 50 NE 26th Ave #303 Pompano Beach, FL 33062