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Selecting a Pediatrician

Three Good Resources to Use When Choosing a Pediatrician

When searching for a pediatrician, there are a few resources you may want to consider, with different perspectives and helpful information that can help you in making your decision. Those resources are:
  • Your insurance company. It might be a good idea to start here to narrow down your search. It would be awful to find the "best" pediatrician and then learn that he or she is not covered in your insurance network. Get the list of recommended pediatricians from your insurer. Starting with a list of pediatricians that accept your insurance plan will prevent you from wasting any time during this process.
  • Your OB/GYN or midwife. Obstetricians and midwives may be able to offer some assistance with your search. They are typically knowledgeable about the pediatricians in the area. Most have developed good relationships with a few practices and may be able to recommend one or two that they have had good experiences with.
  • Friends with children. They've been where you are now. They've done the interview and searching and made a decision based on what was most important to them. Find out what they were looking for and if they found it. See what they wish they would have done differently if they could do it all over again.

Other Things to Consider

Once you have come up with a few names, it is a good idea to meet them in person and learn about their practice and philosophy. You can also use this time to ask questions (see Interviewing a Pediatrician for a list of possible questions).
Other questions you might want to ask yourself when you meet a potential pediatrician include:
  • Is the office clean? It may seem like a small detail, but it can indicate a lot more.
  • Is the office close by or do you need to travel a distance to get there?
  • Was parking close and convenient?
  • Did the office staff and other healthcare providers seem helpful?
  • Did the waiting room have kid-friendly activities, such as toys and books?
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