“A fresh pair of eyes can often find problems.” ~ Michael K. Simpson
Sometimes a fresh pair of eyes is desired when you aren’t satisfied
with your physician or their office.
The reasons patients might want to change doctors varies. It could be caused
by the cost of services, switching insurance or moving. U.S. News &
World Report has even chimed in with their article,
9 Signs You Should Fire Your Doctor. Their offense list includes not meshing with your doctor, promptness
problems, a doctor who doesn’t share results or reasoning for treatment
, not feeling heard, office staff struggles, unwillingness to coordinate
with other doctors or specialties, difficulties reaching the doctor and
even rude behaviors.
If you think it’s time to switch doctors, check out these three tips:
Fill out the appropriate paperwork. Explaining to your health care provider why you are leaving their practice
is unnecessary, although many offices have a form for you to complete.
This form may ask for information explaining why you have chosen to leave
the practice. Although it may be uncomfortable, the information you share
about switching may allow the provider to make crucial changes in their
office that could benefit others. If you wish to have records sent to
another practice or want records for yourself, HIPPA regulations require
you to complete a form. Calling ahead to the office so the staff has time
to gather your paper or electronic records is an appreciated courtesy.
If you are moving, it’s smart to make arrangements to pick up your
records as soon as possible.
Research new doctors. Make sure that your new doctor will fulfill your needs. Ask for references
before you schedule an appointment. Check and see if they accept your
insurance, research their billing practices and expectations for payment.
Be sure that they are affiliated with a hospital that also accepts your
insurance. Learn about appointment availability (specialists are sometimes
months out), prescription filling policies and how the office prefers
you communicate when you have questions or concerns outside your appointments.
- Most importantly, make sure the new doctor you choose is accepting patients.
If you are looking for more information, take a minute to check out the following
Switching doctors is sometimes necessary if you haven’t been receiving
the care you want. A
physician with fresh perspective could be the medicine you need. Keep in mind, you
can transfer care without burning bridges or creating hard feelings. Doctors
are people just like you—sometimes personalities, schedules and
needs don’t match.
Campbell County Health
Wellness works to reduce health risks and promote overall wellness among employee
groups and individuals across the northeastern Wyoming region. To learn
more about Wellness, please visit
www.cchwyo.org/Wellness or call 307.688.8051.
This blog was written by Rachel Wilde, CPT, MA, CCH Wellness Services Technician