If you’re planning to see a neurologist, don’t take it for granted that all of them will be the same. They are all experts in the same field of medicine, but they have nuances that can impact their suitability for you and your needs.
Below are vital points to look into before choosing a particular neurologist:
Start by asking for recommendations from your primary care physician. If you want more, talk to friends and family members. Call at least three neurologists and set an appointment with each of them. This is your perfect opportunity to see whether or not you have a connection, which is important to your recovery (believe it or not, it pays to like your doctor and believe in them).
One of the most important things you’d like to know about them is their experience, especially when it comes to the condition that you have been diagnosed with or suspect you could be. If the neurologist is supposed to perform a procedure on you, know their complication rates, the number of such procedures they’ve done in the past, and how likely you are to develop complications yourself.
Check the quality of care that is provided at the hospital where the neurologist is affiliated with. Without a doubt, this is important – a better-rated hospital means reduced complications and better survival rates. In addition, consider the hopital’s location, making sure it is not too inconvenient.
When you have a medical condition, it’s nice to have a physician who is glad to explain what’s happening instead of being impatient when you’re asking questions. This is particularly true if you have a neurological problem, which is usually difficult to understand for non-experts. When meeting the neurologist for the first time, observe how they respond to you when you’re asking questions. Are they accommodating? Everyone deserves a neurologists who views them as people and not simply medical cases to resolve.
If you want to know more about a neurologist, take time to read their online reviews posted by actual patients. As you take a look at reviews, watch out for things that describe the doctor’s demeanor, the behavior of the staff, the office environment in general, how easy or difficult it is to set an appointment, and wait times. One thing you should keep in mind though is that online reviews are not all credible or reliable. Thus, choose your sources well, and as much possible, stick to well-known third-party websites.
Finally, a very practical consideration you need to make is whether the doctor will honor your insurance policy. Besides, you paid good money for that, so you have to be able to use where you need it.