People that invested in making good choices wasted less time and effort going through a series of providers, and improved their health more quickly. So be prepared to take some time and choose wisely.
I always say choose a practitioner to interview first that is NOT your first choice. That way you will get to practice and you will hopefully have some concerns about the doctor or practice to discuss. Remember most of us have been trained from birth to submit to what the doctor tells us to do. This is a role reversal where you recognize you are a consumer purchasing a product and have the ability to get what you pay for. It may take some practice.
Do your homework. Consider what you are looking for and why. Consider what characteristics are important to you. For example I cover my own call. My patients rarely have an emergency and do not get me directly. I also do house calls for sick kids that are local. These were things that mattered to me so I incorporated them into my practice. Ask for references....patients you can contact and ask about their experience. Do some research and have specific questions written down before you go in.
Interview Etiquette. Explain to the staff that you are looking for a provider and would like to schedule an interview. Expect to pay. Bring a friend or family member to help you.
During the interview assess how you were treated. Were questions answered? Were your views respected? Did she take time for you? How long did you wait? Remember this is not a visit to get medical care.....don't ask questions like, what do you do for diabetes ( see the later article on free medical advice)? Make sure you interview at least two or three people. Don't be afraid to go a greater distance to find the right person.
Good luck in your search. The process of interviewing providers is daunting but empowering for most. It sets the stage for being a good consumer and learning to evaluate material critically - an essential skill since there is a lot to sort through!