I would like to share my abundant expertise with you about an important and timely topic.
Where I live, everybody is talking about health care.
And no matter where you are, having a good doctor on your team is really important.
Here’s what I’ve learned — over many decades of experience — about choosing a doctor.
- Make a list of your priorities. In other words, think about what’s important, to you, in a doctor.
- Be an educated and self-empowered consumer. That is, ask to meet different doctors until you find one that matches your priorities well enough.
It’s a short list, isn’t it? However, it took me a long time to figure that out.
But that’s how I always choose doctors, ever since I’ve become an adult.
Let me show you how it works, for me.
Here’s my list of priorities, for a doctor:
- Experience with my medical issues (or, at least, eager to get more experience).
- Listens well.
- Explains and communicates well.
- Flexible thinker (in order to understand unexpected and complex issues of care).
- Responsive to requests, in a timely enough manner.
- Demonstrates kindness and compassion.
- Creates a comfortable enough atmosphere.
For every doctor involved in my care, I’ve made choices, using that list of priorities.
Last week, I saw my Primary Care Physician, Dr. Laura Snydman. She definitely meets my priorities.
Here’s some proof, of at least one of those priorities:
Don’t you agree?
Thanks to Dr. Snydman, adorable dogs everywhere, compassionate treaters of all kinds, people dealing with health care issues, and to you, of course, for reading today.