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.
So before you make up your mind about seeing a particular neurologist, here are things you should consider first:
Begin by asking your primary care doctor for a recommendation. Your family members and friends can provide more if necessary. 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 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.
Determine the quality of care that you can expect from the hospital where the neurologist works. Without a doubt, this is important – a better-rated hospital means reduced complications and better survival rates. Moreover, make sure the hospital is in location that encourages treatment.
If you have a medical condition, having a doctor who will patiently walk you through the details is highly reassuring. This is particularly true if you have a neurological problem, which is usually difficult to understand for non-experts. During your first appointment with the neurologist, pay attention to how they respond to your queries. Are they welcoming? It’s good to have a neurologist who is sincere in treating you as a human being and not just as a medical case.
Reading patient reviews on a particular neurologist is a good way know more about the doctor. When reading reviews, pay attention to such as issues as ease of scheduling appointments, wait times, and of course, the doctor’s demeanor. 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.