Preparing for a new baby is a lot of hard work. Not only do future parents need to prepare their home and buy things such as clothes and food, but they need to find a good pediatrician. Finding a pediatrician for a new baby or even an older child is not that different from choosing any good health professional. There needs to be some compatibility between the doctor and the patient, the doctor has to have strong credentials and references, and the practice needs to accept the patient’s health insurance. All of this is true for choosing any doctor, but choosing a pediatrician has its own considerations. Here are just four that parents should keep in mind.
Choosing a Hospital or a Private Practice
According to Peter H. Short, M.D., FAAP, solo practices are smaller and more intimate. However that means when the doctor is away on vacation, or when they are not on call at night, a stranger may have to answer any questions or see the patient in the original care provider’s absence. That accurately sums up the advantages and disadvantages of a private practice. A pediatrician with a private practice will get to know patients and their families better than the staff of a hospital practice, but that pediatrician is also only one person, and they may not be available at all times. [Read more…] about 4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Pediatrician