Choosing a Doctor for Your Baby
- Check your medical insurance provider`s list of doctors that are included in your benefit plan.
- Seek recommendations from your doctor or midwife for a pediatrician or family doctor for your baby. They are already familiar with you and your preferences.
- Ask relatives, friends, and neighbors about their babies' doctors. Determine your "care philosophy" and special requirements that may affect your choice of a doctor for your baby.
- Schedule interviews before your baby is due with any doctors you are interested in meeting. Most doctors do not charge for these visits. In addition to getting specific answers to questions about your baby`s care and the office procedures, a personal interview will help you examine the doctors communication skills and your comfort with him/her.
Questions for the Doctor's Office Staff
- Is the doctor in my insurance network?
- How does your office handle billing/insurance claims and payment?
- What is my co-payment amount?
- What is the doctor`s educational background, training, and experience?