Looking for Dr. Right

(CARLSBAD, CA) – An apple a day is supposed to keep the doctor away. But, apples or no apples, the time will come when you will need to see a medical professional. Finding the right doctor for you is one of the most important decisions that you will ever make regarding your health. Many of us will look for a new doctor at least once in our lifetime, if not multiple times. How do you go about finding a doctor who meets your needs?Jazzercise Founder and CEO Judi Sheppard Missett has been an advocate for health and fitness throughout the past four decades. Take a look at Missett’s suggestions to find your Dr. Right.

  • Get Recommendations – Before you scour the yellow pages, ask coworkers, neighbors, and friends if they have a doctor whom they’d recommend. Ask for details about what they like and dislike to help you determine if this doctor is a good fit for you.
  • Start Dialing – Pick-up the phone and talk to your potential doctor’s office staff. Find out how many patients the doctor sees each day, how long she spends with each patient, and who handles her after hours emergency phone calls.
  • Surf the Net – Research your doctor’s credentials online. The American Medical Association offers an online “Doctor Finder” that provides professional information about licensed physicians across the country.
  • Check Your Health Plan – Read through your health plan manual to learn which doctors are covered by your insurance. If your job offers more than one health plan, investigate the doctors in your area prior to open enrollment. That way, you can choose the health plan that covers visits to your preferred physician.
  • Get Realistic – If you’re like most Americans, then your schedule is packed, and it’s unrealistic to drive across town for simple procedures. So, gather some basic facts about your doctor-to-be. Where is the office located? How’s the parking? Are x-rays and lab studies conducted onsite, or will you need to go to a separate facility for these tests?
  • Cover All Your Bases – What happens if your medical condition requires attention outside your doctor’s office? Find out which hospital, labs and clinics the doctor uses most frequently. Will you be comfortable receiving treatment in these facilities?
  • Channel Your Inner Socrates - If you’re someone who favors alternative medicine, then you probably won’t be happy with a doctor who exclusively follows traditional Western medical practices. Set up an appointment with your potential doctor for an initial visit, and ask questions to determine if your doc’s methods mesh with your individual beliefs.
  • Be Honest – After taking the time to investigate a new potential doctor, be honest with yourself. Will you be comfortable asking embarrassing questions and discussing private matters with this person? Do you believe this doctor will be attentive to your concerns?

Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,800 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.

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