Monday, March 23, 2009

Choosing a Pediatrician

Every pediatrician is trained to take care of your baby. However different individuals have different ways of approaching the problem. It is recommended that you at least interview 2-3 pediatricians so you can see who fits your needs. Conduct the interviews around the second or third trimester of pregnancy so the pediatrician you chose could examine your baby in the hospital when he/she is born. It is recommended that both parents are present during the interview.

Questions to Ask:
  • Is the pediatrician accepting new patients, please make sure the pediatrician accepts your insurance plan.
  • What are the office hours?
  • What is the best time to call for routine questions?
  • Does the pediatrician have privileges with the hospital you will be having your baby?
  • How often are the well baby exams?
  • How long does it take to set-up routine well child care?
  • How long does it take to set-up urgent appointments?
  • How many pediatricians are in a group? Are there any nurse practitioners or physician's assistant?
  • How does the office handle the billing and insurance claims?
  • Is payment due at the time of visit?
  • How soon after birth will the pediatrician see your baby?

-as long as the pediatrician has been informed of the birth, he/she will see the baby within 24 hours and everyday until discharge

  • Is the doctor available by phone?e-mail?
  • What hospital does the doctor prefer to use?
  • What happens if there is an emergency?
  • Who "covers" your doctor when she/he is unavailable?

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