Let's not talk about the healthcare bill, 'mkay? No need to start that debate up over here. I'm sure everyone can find a place to rant one way or another elsewhere.
But we have had a lot of sickness and health issues in my house over the last week. We are all sick with stuffy noses, coughs and general coldiness. Add Londo's root canal and the Pumpkin's 5 days of fever (now an ear infection in the other ear and possibly her lungs!), and perhaps you all see why I haven't been writing all the blog posts that I have in my head.
I'm thrilled to say that we have really good health insurance (however dental is only okay). We also have great pediatricians, thanks to a good recommendation from a friend when I was pregnant with the Pumpkin. I have wonderful OB/GYN doctors, dentist and eye doctor (oops! Forgot to make that eye doctor appointment yet again!). Londo has a doctor he likes.
However, I still haven't found a general practitioner for me. Although to be fair, I haven't tried very hard. I find the task a bit daunting, because I have to change my primary physician on my insurance before the insurance will cover a visit. But how do I know if I want to change before I visit? I've been hoping to get a good recommendation, but I haven't found anyone who raves about their doctor yet. Once I do, I plan to ask to do an interview (free of charge) with them to see if I like their practice--the way we did with the pediatrician. I don't know if any general practitioners do that, but it can't hurt to ask.
So this week's entirely self-serving Question of the Week is:
How do you find a good doctor?
I'm leaving that wide open so you all can answer with whatever you want.
Do you ask for recommendations from friends? Referral from other doctors (that's how we found my OB)? Pick a name out of the phone book? What do you do if you don't like the doctor your HMO gives you? What criteria do you use to select your doctors? How easy is it for you to find a new doctor? What do you do?