Your family’s health is a top priority, so make sure you choose a doctor that’s right for you and your loved ones. Trust equals better care, resulting in early detection, more thorough diagnosis, and better follow through. Learn more about why choosing the right doctor for your family matters, plus how to get the help you need to navigate through the open enrollment process and make sure your plan includes your trusted physician.
Disclosure: Thank you to Dignity Health for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.
Choosing the Right Doctor for Your Family: Why It Matters
Trust = Better Care
1. Early Detection
When you trust your doctor, you’re more likely to open up about health concerns, leading to earlier detection of problems – and less worry for you.
We know how true this is for us as adults, how much more so for our children! They often are shy to talk to doctors, especially about problems that may be embarrassing for them. Choosing the right doctor means you and your family are more comfortable during your appointments.
2. More Comprehensive Diagnosis
A doctor with whom you’ve built a relationship has a better understanding of you as a complete person, such as your history, your habits, and what type of treatment you prefer. They also know if there is a family tendency towards certain illnesses or similar environmental circumstances. A new symptom isn’t treated in isolation but rather as part of a complex combination of factors, resulting in a more thorough diagnosis.
3. Better Follow Through
Choosing the right doctor for your family means you are more likely to trust and follow their advice and so have better follow through in your treatment. You are also more likely to contact them with subsequent questions about the same condition.
Your family’s health matters, so make sure it matters to your doctor, too!
So why aren’t more people choosing the right doctor for their family? Often it is because they are confused and overwhelmed by the process of enrolling in an insurance plan. 1 out of 2 people find the process of choosing the best insurance plan for them very stressful – most would rather wash dishes (46%), go to the DMV (22%), or even get a root canal (7%)! Yet more than half (55%) of Californians wish they had made a more well-informed decision. Source: Dignity Health
Most of us choose our health plan then check to see which doctors are in-network. Why not take the opposite approach? If you have a preferred doctor, find a health plan that includes them.
Get your questions about open enrollment answered with Dignity Health. Dignity Health is a provider network of more than 60,000 caregivers and staff in 21 states. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is the fifth largest health system in the nation and the largest hospital provider in California. Whether you are a senior, a member of CalPERS, get insurance through work, or on your own, they can help you during open enrollment.
Take action now to get the best healthcare for your family! You don’t have to figure it out on your own. Get help from Dignity Health today.