Good health is important to everyone, but with skyrocketing medical costs and a slumping economy now is harder than ever to pay for good quality Health Care. If you can't afford to pay for medical care right now, Medicaid can help provide the resources necessary to ensure you and your family have a long and healthy life
Medicaid is a state run program for low-income individuals and families. Many groups of people can gain access to Medicaid as long as they meet certain requirements set forth by their State's Medicaid administration. Medicaid requirements can include age, whether or not you are pregnant, disabled, your financial standing or if you are a US citizen.
Finding The Right Doctor For You
November 2, 2011
Looking for the right doctor involves research and thorough background checks. This may take time, but the benefits you’ll receive will make the process worth it.
Before starting your search, try to determine your main needs to help you find the type of doctor or practitioner you must approach. Do consider asking for recommendations from other people for more insight.
Here are some things you should consider when meeting potential doctors:
He/she observes proper ethics and shares your values. A good doctor is respectable and capable of extending the same respect to you as a patient. He/she must be able to make patients feel comfortable and demonstrate excellent communication skills. For instance, a good doctor is able to explain situations or conditions clearly to a patient despite medical jargon and other technical phrases.
He/she specializes in the area targeting your medical needs. Many people commit the mistake of getting the wrong type of specialist. This is where your primary care physician can help you. He/she can help you find the specialist for you based on your current health needs.
He/she has commendable credentials. Check if your potential doctor specializes in the medical service you need and has earned credibility. You also have to find out if the doctor is licensed in your state. Knowing these things will make you feel more at ease with him/her.
His/her track record is clean. Knowing your doctor’s track record will give you an idea on how much experience he/she has had in the medical field. Do make sure that the doctor’s medical record is clean and unquestionable.
Do check if he/she honors insurance plans. This is a crucial step especially for those who hold either private or public (Medicaid/Medicare) insurance. Checkups and operations may be heavy on the budget, so having a doctor who honors insurance plans will definitely help you financially.
Find out which hospitals he/she is affiliated with. Doing this somehow places you a step ahead. If you suddenly need to be hospitalized and you have a strong preference for a certain hospital, it would help if the doctor you are considering were affiliated with that hospital. This way, you do not only get the hospital you want, you also get the doctor you need.