Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tips for Choosing Healthcare Providers

Tips for Choosing Healthcare Providers

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Unless you are extremely blessed to have good quality health care providers you trust and feel comfortable with, you are probably seeking someone to help you with treating your chronic pain! This can leave us in that “chronic pain maze,” wandering around, lost.  We need knowledgeable, trustworthy, and courteous, physicians, as well as other health care providers, (physical, occupational and speech therapists, acupuncturists, dietitians, behavioral health workers, chiropractors, medical massage therapists, etc), that are skilled, explain things clearly, seem to care about our circumstances and are able to try all they can to help us make this life in chronic pain better, or at least somewhat tolerable!

I am truly blessed to finally have many health care providers that fall into the “good”, actually awesome category!  Being in my young 50’s and having had multiple health issues I have had my share of experiences for sure! Many have been good! But, the bad and ugly are just that, bad and some extremely ugly!  There’s no hiding the fact that this exists!

Being a health care provider myself, I was horrified at what I experienced by so many!

We need to know how to best detour around wasting time and money suffering through a possible nightmare of finding one’s self at an appointment having horrendous treatment!

Here are some tips to choose a health care worker:

  • Ask friends and relatives who they like. I have seen people put a post on Facebook asking for referrals! That’s a fast and easy way to find out! 
  • Ask people that you know that work in the health care field who they would recommend.  
  • Vitals.com and healthgrades.com can help you look in your area for a health care provider. Just fill in the information asked for.
  • If you need a specialist and have a trustworthy primary care provider she/he should be able to make a good referral for you. You can check their ratings at Vitals.com and healthgrades.com as well.
  • Make sure whomever you choose participates with your insurance provider
  • Make sure you get a referral from your primary care provider if your insurance requires one
  • Make sure they are affiliated with a hospital in your area you want to go to.
  • Check out hospital reviews on vitals.com and healthgrades.com
I hope you find these suggestions helpful with receiving quality, knowledgeable, trustworthy, and courteous help that you deserve!  If you still find yourself not receiving the care you need, please do yourself a favor and don’t give up! Many people actually do and you deserve better than to let their behavior to cost you your health and happiness! Please keep looking!

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