How do you know if you've found the right pediatrician? Do a bit of research; ask the right questions, and you're sure to find the right pediatrician for your family. Here are some helpful suggestions:
Your obstetrician, friends, neighbors and relatives will certainly have recommendations. You can also contact Holy Redeemer's Physician Referral service for a recommendation to several top-rate pediatricians near you. To reach our Physician Referral Service, call 1-800-818-4747 or Find A Physician on our website.
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First, get a sense of the office environment. Is the receptionist helpful and friendly? Do the parents in the waiting room seem exasperated because they've been waiting too long?
When you meet the pediatrician ask specific questions about the practice:
- Availability — Are the office hours convenient? Who provides coverage when the pediatrician is away? How does the doctor handle phone calls?
- Hospital privileges — Where would your child be hospitalized, if necessary? Does the hospital allow 24-hour parent visitation? Are there overnight accommodations for parents?
- Personality — Does the pediatrician make you feel at ease? Do you think your child will like this doctor?
- Financial matters — What is the pediatrician's payment policy? Will the office help you with insurance forms?
Are you getting direct answers to your questions? If not, you may want to continue searching for a pediatrician that meets your needs.
For a referral to a Holy Redeemer pediatrician, please call 1-800-818-4747 or visit the Find A Physician section of our website.