Are You Pregnant and Looking For A Doctor?

Posted on June 23, 2011

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If you are pregnant or planning to have a child, you may be having a hard time making choices about healthcare and preparation. It is important to know what your insurance covers, and which physicians you can see.  If you do not have health insurance, please call the Mayors Health Line (617-534-5050) to understand what options you have.

Choosing a  doctor while you are pregnant can be difficult and confusing. You want to make sure you choose someone you are comfortable with and will provide you with the best care. Here are some questions to ask when choosing a doctor:

  • What forms of payment do you accept and what are the general fees?
  • Where the office is located, and what are the office hours?
  • How much time is designated for each appointment?
  • Who can I see if my doctor is unavailable and I have an emergency?
  • Does this doctor speak my first language?
  • Is the office staff friendly and helpful? Is the office good about returning calls?
  • What do colleagues and patients say about the provider?
  • Does the provider invite you to be involved in your care? Does the provider view your patient-doctor relationship as a true partnership?

These are the type of questions that will help you start choosing a healthcare provider. If you are interested in learning more, here are some references on child health and prenatal health. If you have additional tips for choosing a provider, please comment the blog. For any questions or help finding a doctor, please call the Mayors Health Line at 617-534-5050.

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