You owe it to yourself.
You owe it to yourself to find the primary care physician who can best treat your medical conditions on your terms and within your schedule. But change is hard. And we agree. It is hard to change from your existing primary care physician to a new physician, even if the new physician provides better quality of care. As with any relationship, the hardest step is taking the initiative to make the change. It starts by valuing and respecting yourself. Far too often we settle into a familiar relationship regardless of whether it is good or bad for us.
Whether it’s a family, friend, physician, or work relationship, the people in your life can either add to your happiness or increase your misery. Physician relationships can help you live your best life or hold you back. When visiting the doctor creates stress, impacts your daily life, and adversely affects your family, personal time, you should strongly consider whether to continue seeing that physician or leaving, for a better physician experience.
Choosing to end a physician relationship can be a difficult decision. But if you choose to empower your healthcare experience, Prestige Clinics is the right relationship for you. Here are five steps to help you make the right decision and visit Prestige Clinics.
1. Determine Whether Prestige Clinics is In-network
Most health plans have negotiated special rates with certain doctors who provide innovative health care customized for the patient, and you will pay less out of pocket for visiting those doctors, who are called “in-network” for insurance purposes. Ensuring that you select an “in-network” doctor at Prestige Clinics will help you avoid a surprise “out-of-network” charge or having to pay in full out of pocket because the doctor you’ve selected doesn’t accept your insurance plan.
To see whether your Prestige Clinics doctor is “in-network”, please call us at 219-301-5477 to learn which insurance plans we cover.
2. Find a Prestige Clinic Doctor that Meets Your Health Needs
There are several different types of doctors that will be identified as a primary care physician. But few Physicians support the Prestige Clinics mantra of providing health care on your terms. As you begin to look for a physician, ask the office staff about the doctor’s flexibility and willingness to cater to the patients. If you find that the doctor has unnecessarily long wait times, or is on vacation half the year, that doctor is not likely to cater to your health needs.
3. Ask for Referrals
Many people feel most comfortable visiting a physician who is recommended by someone they know, like a family member, co-worker or friend. Ask around and see what your friends and family say about Prestige Clinics.
4. Think About Logistics
Do you want a doctor located close to your home or office? You’ll also want to consider office hours – what days and times does the doctor see patients? Will you need to take time off work to visit the office, or can you go after work or on weekends? All Prestige Clinic doctors now use email, tele-medicine, or an online portal to communicate with patients, which may be another item of importance to tech-savvy communicators when selecting a physician.
5. Visit the Doctor
Nothing can really give you a feel for whether you’ve selected the right doctor like an office visit and a face-to-face meeting. Be sure you feel comfortable in the office and with the physician and nurses. Your primary care physician should be someone you trust and can rely on to help manage your healthcare. Talk with him or her about any current medications you are taking and your medical history to be sure you are on the same page when it comes to managing any chronic conditions.
To learn why Prestige Clinics is the right health care choice for you, please visit us during any one of our four upcoming open house sessions:
October 11th from 10am to 1pm
October 25th from 12pm to 3pm