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What are some questions to ask when choosing a doctor?

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When choosing a doctor, asking these questions can help:

  • Will it be easy for you to get to the practice?
  • Which hospital(s) does the doctor use?
  • Where are routine X-rays and lab studies done?
  • How long must you wait for an appointment after you call?
  • Is the office staff courteous?
  • If you call with a question, is your call returned promptly?
  • Who covers for the doctor when she is away?
  • Does the office process insurance claims, or must you pay up-front and file the claims yourself?

From: How to Choose a Doctor WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on September 17, 2019
Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on September 17, 2019

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