Questions To Ask -- Avoid These Mistakes When
Selecting Your Next Primary Care Or
Is Eight Minutes Enough Time For Your Doctor
To Collect 25 Years of Family History?
doctors are busy and they have huge waiting
rooms full of people that they need to treat.
If you visit your doctor for an average of
8 minutes per visit and schedule a visit 6
times per year, you've spent less than 60
minutes with your doctor throughout an entire
year! Is that really enough time for your
doctor to get to know you and make a good
assessment of your health risks based on your
current condition and family history?
Does your doctor have to look at your chart
to remember your name?
said. I think you get the point here.
How full is the waiting room?
because the waiting room and parking lot is
full, doesn't mean you've found the best doctor.
In today's day and age of insurance, doctors
join hundreds of insurance plans in order
to get their practice listed in more directories.
The more directories that the doctor is listed
in, the more likely that his/her practice
is going to be full of patients that know
nothing about him. As you are probably aware,
these directories tell you nothing about the
doctor, his medical background, patient testimonials,
Does your doctor's office have two waiting
answer you are looking for here us either
two (2) or none. Just a few days ago, I visited
my dermatologists office. He separated his
practice as soon as I walked in by asking
patient to go right or left. Right was for
'cash only' patients and the left was for
you want to know the difference between the
'Cash Only' waiting room and the 'Insurance'
side? Let me tell you, there was a big difference.
As a cash paying patient, the waiting room
was turned into a lobby, there were refreshments,
fresh coffee, cold juice, a flat screen tv
playing the latest news and more. People were
the insurance side, there were frowns, ugly
furniture, old paint and nine people waiting.
next time I'm looking for a doctor, I'm not
going to look in a directory. I'm going to
look for a color photo, a well-written profile,
some details about the doctor I'm seeing,
hopefully find some positive and refreshing
patient testimonials and have the attitude
of anticipation and excitement.