5 Tips for Fiding a New Family Doctor

by Emily Shuffield 09/15/2019

You don’t have to wait until you become ill before you think of getting a family doctor. You always tend to spend more than necessary when you don’t have a family doctor that will attend to your medical needs or if you select a practice that rejects your insurance. If you don't know how to go about choosing a good family doctor, here are 5 great tips for you:

Importance of network. When you select a family doctor that is part of your network, you will not only pay less out of your pocket when you visit them; you will also not need to pay any additional fees or unexpected costs. Your insurance provider is in the best position to give you information about the in-network doctors near you. In case there is none, look for a family doctor that will accept your insurance. 

Consider distance. Distance is overlooked most times by those seeking a family doctor. There are a lot of benefits involved when you have your family close to you. Apart from the quick and easy accessibility, it saves you the stress of embarking on a long-distance journey whenever you have an appointment with your family doctor. In case there are no doctors close by, schedule your visit whenever it is convenient for you. 

Specialized care. You must put the specific needs of your family into consideration when looking for a family doctor. This is very important especially if any member of your family needs specialized care. If you cannot get a family doctor in that area of specialty, you'll need to have a specialist referral.

Schedule a visit. A doctor may seem perfect, but you may not be delighted with their quality of service. Therefore, most doctors will offer you a free initial consultation to enable you to get acquainted with their mannerism and commitment.

Ask for referrals. We are in an era where there is an online review for almost everything, and family medicine is no exception. While you should not base your decision on these reviews, they can always provide you with information that will guide you towards choosing the right family doctor. A good testimonial will give you reliable answers to the following questions – what are the wait times? Are the office staffs friendly and dedicated to duty? Is there a specific doctor that is preferred by many? These and many more questions will give you insight that will help you choose the right family doctor.

About the Author

Emily Shuffield

Emily Shuffield believes in hard work, selfless intentions, adaptability, and serving others. Dedication, passion, and the willingness to go above and beyond your expectations, is only part of what she considers her job. She provides market expertise, neighborhood statistics and helps people evaluate and interpret the market, and considers it some of the many benefits of working with her. She assists her buyers and sellers with setting realistic expectations and helping them navigate one of the most important transactions in their lives. As she says, “Together we will find your next home!”

Specializing in Parker and the surrounding areas, she has helped everyone from first time home buyers to savvy investors. Her goal is taking what seems to be a complicated process and transforming it into a less stressful and more rewarding next chapter of their lives.

Emily is a Colorado native and having lived along the entire front range, she has finally decided to call Parker her home. She has an amazing blended family, 4 kids, an awesome husband, and two dogs. She loves everything athletic and outdoors, works out daily (considers it therapy), and loves to camp, climb mountains and snowboard whenever possible.

Designations: Accredited Buyers Representative, ABR

Awards: Diamond Circle 2018