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What questions should you consider when choosing a doctor to treat Crohn's disease?

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When you choose a doctor, consider these questions:

  • How many people with inflammatory bowel disease does this doctor see each year? You want to work with a doctor who sees a lot of people with Crohn’s. They understand what's involved in treating people with this condition and have more experience prescribing medications to control the disease.
  • Does your insurance cover the doctor? Call your insurance company and the doctor’s office to confirm that your health plan will cover the doctor’s services. You may also need to check if they're “in network,” because if they're not, you’ll probably pay more for the visit.
  • Where is the doctor’s office located, and what are the hours? Choose a doctor near your home, if possible, to give yourself peace of mind that there’s help nearby when you need it.
  • Do you feel that the doctor listens to you and respects you? Crohn's can be hard to talk about. And because it affects so many aspects of your life, it's important to choose a doctor you’re comfortable with.
  • Which hospital or treatment center does the doctor work with? You may want to choose a hospital at the same time you select a doctor. Although not everyone with Crohn’s disease will need to go to the hospital, it can happen, especially when you’ve had the condition for a long time. It’s better to pick a place when you feel well than when you’re in the middle of a flare-up.

From: When You're New to Crohn's Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: "About Crohn's Disease," "Find a Specialist or Treatment Center," "Living With Crohn's Disease," and "Managing Flares and Other IBD Symptoms."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 8, 2019

SOURCES:

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America: "About Crohn's Disease," "Find a Specialist or Treatment Center," "Living With Crohn's Disease," and "Managing Flares and Other IBD Symptoms."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Crohn's Disease."

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on October 8, 2019

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