Interviewing potential doctors


Doing a background check on doctors you might use isn’t enough. You need to interview each candidate. Here are some questions to ask:

  • What insurance do you accept?
  • Are you board certified? I you are, which board and which speciality?
  • Where did you go to medical school?
  • How long have you been in practice?
  • Which hospitals do you use? Are they accredited?
  • What are your office hours?
  • Who covers for you when you’re not available?
  • How long does it usually take to get a routine appointment?
  • How long is the typical office visit wait?
  • Will I have to pay if I cancel an appointment?
  • Does your office send reminders about prevention testing?
  • What do I do if I need urgent care or if there’s an emergency?
  • Do you or your physical assistant or nurse give advice over the telephone?
  • Do you use electronic records?
  • Do you have a website on which I can manage appointments or get access to some of my records?
  • What routine services do you provide in your office?
    • Laboratory services?
    • Imaging?
  • How can I reduce or eliminate some of my medications?
  • Are the supplements I’m taking effective?
  • Am I up to date on all the routine testing, screening, and vaccines I should be doing?
  • What else could I be doing to stay healthy?
  • What are the next steps I should take? What plan should I follow?
  • How frequently do you perform the procedure we’re considering?
  • What are the risks of the procedure we’re discussing?
  • What is the recovery process and time for this procedure?