Health Tip: Choosing Your Child's Pediatrician
(HealthDay News) -- Your child's pediatrician will be your
partner for many years in helping your child grow into a healthy
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests these factors to
consider when selecting a pediatrician:
- Find out background information, such as where he or she
attended medical school and where he or she were residents.
- Consider where the pediatrician has hospital rights and where
the office is located, as well as office hours.
- Ask about how after-hours emergencies are dealt with.
- Consider the friendliness of the staff, and the pediatrician's
interest in your child's health.
- Ask about the likelihood of getting a same-day appointment in
the event of an emergency, and the availability of other
specialists if your pediatrician isn't available.
- Ask about insurance participation, and managed-care programs in
which the doctor participates.
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