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LBGTQ Individuals: How To Choose The Right Doctor

Finding the right doctor for you can seem like a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be. There are several things you must consider. You are no different than any other individual and deserve quality healthcare. If you put some thought and preparation into your search, you can find a doctor that meets your special health care needs and makes you feel seen, heard, and cared for.

As an LBGTQ person, you must find a doctor that understands your specific health care needs, is not judgmental, and is empathetic to your personal decisions. Here are the Top 5 things to consider when looking for the doctor that’s right for you.

Understand your needs


The first step in finding the right doctor for you is to understand your specific healthcare needs. Just as you would go to a doctor that delivers babies if you were pregnant, you should be sure to find a doctor that understands your specific healthcare needs and who also has a rich referral network of specialists to help take care of you. Take a moment to make a list of the top 5 things you would like in a doctor.

Word of mouth


There’s nothing more valuable than word of mouth when it comes to finding a doctor that’s right for you. Ask your friends and family what doctors they recommend and WHY. Start developing a list of providers that may be a good fit.

Reviews


Reviews can be tricky. The best doctors can sometimes have poor reviews simply because happy people don’t complain. Similarly, the worst doctors can have great reviews if they have a system in place that offers benefits to their patients for reviews. Nonetheless, comb through the reviews and look at the qualities that people discuss and see if they match your list.

Call and speak to the staff


Call and see how professional and responsive the staff is. Ask them if the practice is LBGTQ friendly. Typically, they will be honest.

Availability and Insurance


Make sure that any doctor you are considering is accepting new patients. Also, make sure that whatever provider you choose in your insurance network.

Follow these steps and you should have a great list of doctors to consider. Once you’ve narrowed down your list, take a visit, and make your final decision.

Until next time #GYNEGirls and #Preggos…

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Dr. Drai

Dr. Draion M. Burch, DO (Dr. Drai) – a highly respected, board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist – is a nationally-recognized author, speaker, consultant, and go-to media expert on women’s health and transgender health issues. He travels the country to meet with women one-on-one and in groups to provide and instruct on healthcare. Although Dr. Drai may be requested to spread his medical expertise to all four corners of the U.S., he always makes time to genuinely help those in need. As a pragmatic physician who offers endless charisma, high energy, and a larger-than-life personality, his “bedside manner” makes it obvious why his patients have named Dr. Drai “America’s OBGYN.” Dr. Drai is the founder and chief medical advisor of DrDrai.com, where he discusses actionable ideas and real-world strategies to help women take control of their health. As an openly gay gynecologist he has patients flocking to him and his website for not only his medical expertise, but because of the security they feel in the way he cares for, relates to, and teaches women about subjects ranging from embarrassing vaginal care to serious sexual assault. His mission: Real medical advice, simplified. Dr. Drai takes his unique brand to the camera on his YouTube channel to spill his popular “Medical T” (TIPS) helping his self-titled #Preggos, #GYNEGirls and #GENTs pursue a healthier life. Dr. Drai’s on-point advice on off-the-wall questions about sexual health issues has many calling him a “sexpert.” Dr. Drai earned his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine degree from The Ohio University and completed his internship and residency at Michigan State University.

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