Finding the Right Doctor for You

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When it comes to good overall health and wellness, the bond you create with your doctor or primary care physician (PCP) can be the key. Finding the right doctor, one with whom you share a mutual trust and respect, is an important step to having better health results that last. Health Net cares about the connection you have with your doctor, and we want to help you have the best experience possible each time you visit.

Talking with your doctor

Talking with your doctor – building that trust and respect – isn’t always easy. Good health care is a team effort. And, you should know the important role you have as a member of your own team. Health Net can help you have open and honest bonding with your doctor.

At first, talking about your health issues may feel strange, but a good doctor will help guide you along the way. This means he or she makes you feel at ease and listens to your questions and concerns. It also means your doctor will make his or her ideas clear, in terms you know.

How to talk to your doctor

A good talk with your doctor can also mean less confusion, fewer errors and a quicker recovery. One of the best ways to speak with your doctor is to ask questions. Because time can be short during medical appointments, you’ll feel less rushed if you prepare your questions before your visit. Other tips include:

  • Ask for details about how an advised course of action or prescription can benefit you.
  • Have the doctor explain again, in detail, if you still can’t grasp what you are being told.
  • Speak up! Don’t be afraid to express your concerns about something.

Take someone you trust

If you are unsure about your visit to the doctor, take a friend or family member along. They can take notes and remind you about issues you want to discuss. After the visit, your friend or family member can help you recall the doctor’s instructions as well.

Don’t forget, it can take more than one visit – or trying more than one doctor – to find the right one for you. If you feel you need a change, Health Net can help. Call the Customer Contact Center phone number on your ID card. Or, use our online ProviderSearch tool on HealthNet.com.

For more helpful tips about how to gain and maintain a lasting connection with your doctor, please visit these two links on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality website:

Your health depends on good communication

Five steps to safer health care

 

 

 

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Gabriel Padilla