Finding a New Doctor
Building up a relationship with your loved one’s doctor takes time and commitment. So, if your loved one’s doctor retires, changes jobs or otherwise becomes unavailable, it can leave both of you feeling vulnerable and insecure. Finding a new doctor can take time and effort, and it can be a complicated process. Follow these steps to help your loved one find a new doctor:
Contact the Lupus Foundation of America, the American College of Rheumatology, local hospitals, a university medical center, or look online for names of doctors who specialize in caring for people with lupus and their locations.
Contact doctors on your list for more information and find out about:
- Office hours and how the office responds to patient calls after hours.
- Which hospital(s) the doctor is affiliated with.
- The type of insurance accepted.
- The payment policy for services.
- The doctor’s experience in treating people with lupus. Provide pertinent information about your loved one’s health care needs to determine if the doctor is able to help.
Evaluate how the office personnel responded to your questions. Were you put on hold for a long period of time, or more than once? Was the person that you talked with courteous and interested in answering your questions?
Share information with your loved so he/she can choose a new doctor.
Help your loved one schedule the first appointment. Ask if you can accompany him/her to meet the new doctor.
If your loved one is not comfortable with the new doctor, that’s ok! Keep looking. You will find one that fits what you are looking for.