How to Choose the Right Pediatrician

To begin, ask for referrals from doctors, friends, and family. Ask them why they recommend a particular doctor. Once you have a list, set up meetings to get acquainted. Choose the doctor that best suits your needs and with whom you feel most comfortable.

Below are some questions to ask:

• Do you participate in my health plan?

• What are your office hours?

• How are emergencies handled?

• Where did you train?

• Are you board certified?

• Who covers for you when you are sick or on vacation?

• How long does it take to get an appointment?

• With which hospital are you affiliated?

You also should ask yourself some questions:

• Is the office conveniently located?

• Will your child like the doctor?

• Does the doctor listen and answer questions?

• Do you like and trust this person?

Online Medical Reviewer: Jovino, Louise DO

Date Last Reviewed: 4/2/2010

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