When planning to see a neurologist, don’t think all of them are created equal. They are all experts in the same field of medicine, but they have nuances that can impact their suitability for you and your needs.
So before you make up your mind about seeing a particular neurologist, here are things you should consider first:
Start by asking for recommendations from your primary care physician. If you want more, talk to friends and family members. Make a list of at least three neurologists and ask for an appointment with each one 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 you’ve been referred to them for a certain procedure, find out how many such procedures they have performed, their complication rates, and what your own complication risks are.
Quality of Affiliated Hospital
Determine the quality of care that you can expect from the hospital where the neurologist works. Of course, this matters because better-rated hospitals have fewer complications and higher survival rates. Moreover, make sure the hospital is in location that encourages treatment.
When you’re dealing with a medical condition, it’s reassuring to have a doctor who is happy to tell you what’s going on instead of acting annoyed when you ask questions. This is specifically true when you’re dealing with a neurological issue, which is normally not that easy to digest for laymen. On your first meeting with the neurologist, observe how they respond to your questions. Are they accommodating? We all deserve a neurologist who treats us as human beings and not merely as medical cases.
Reading patient reviews on a particular neurologist is a good way know more about the doctor. 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. However, take note that not all reviews you will find online are reliable. Thus, choose your sources well, and as much possible, stick to well-known third-party websites.
Finally, just before you decide on a certain neurologist who seems perfect for you, check if they will accept your insurance. You paid for your policy and you should be able to use it.