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Prescription for Change

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  • Written By: Rachel Wilde, CPT, MA
Prescription for Change

“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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Have Questions?

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 and Phlebotomist