Choosing a Pediatrician Should Be Like Choosing an Employee, Shouldn't It?
by Matthew Stollak on Thursday, February 21, 2013
So, my wife and I are expecting twins in the next couple of months. Anxious times.
Of the hundreds of decisions that we are making, one is the choice of the pediatrician taking care of our children. Choosing one shouldn't be any different than choosing an employee, right? All, I assume, meet the basic qualifications of the position - knowledge, education, abilities, etc, or they wouldn't be already hired and hanging out their shingle. So, it comes down to word-of-mouth referrals, and the interview.
We are going through a series of "meet and greets" to find the "right" one, much like a manager would interview a potential applicant. We went through our first one yesterday. Questions were posed, such as:
"How many years have you been at this clinic?"
"How many children have you served?"
"What's your perspective on medicating kids with behavioral problems?"
"Have you rejected any patients?"
"Have any patients rejected you?"
"At what age do you stop seeing the patient?"
For the most part, I tend to take a distant view of my health care employees. They have the proper certification, education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, and are still employed. In terms of cost, if they are in network, what's the difference? One doctor is as good as the next. So, the interview process really is a search for some piece of negative information that would turn us away. For my wife, it does come down to "fit;" does the pediatrician make her feel "comfortable," and does he/she come across as a "know-it-all."
So, parents in the know....what am I missing?