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How to choose a new doctor after leaving the pediatrician

Going to the doctor is very difficult for some people. They simply fear hearing bad news even if they know they are healthy. This fear can be instilled in people at a young age, which is why many people in their 20s still visit their pediatrician.

Most young people are healthy, which leads them to delay in finding a doctor to visit who tends to adults instead of children. Here's how to switch from a pediatrician to a family physician.

You need to find a doctor with whom you feel comfortable. This can be an easy task for most people but quite difficult for others. It might take a couple of visits with the same doctor before you feel comfortable or develop a rapport. Visit this doctor when minor issues arise, such as a sore throat, a sprained ankle, vision issues and other medical conditions. These visits will help with your comfort level.

Don't be hesitant to research a new doctor online before visiting his or her office. There are plenty of places online that provide reviews of all types of doctors. You should search for doctors who accept your insurance first. Then you can narrow it down to those who are local to you.

Don't be afraid to speak up when meeting with a new doctor. You shouldn't just sit there as the doctor reviews your file from your previous doctor. Explain medical issues you've had in the past. Ask questions about the care that's offered. All of this is important to your overall health.

Where do you go to the doctor? Do you still see your pediatrician? If so, it might be time to look for a new doctor, especially one who will be able to treat personal injury in adults in Maryville, Tennessee.

Source: The New York Times, "Leaving your pediatrician? Here’s how to choose your next doctor," Perri Klass, M.D., accessed Feb. 16, 2018

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