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 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…