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Meet and Greet

Once you’ve narrowed your selection, consider scheduling an informational session with your top choices. In addition to making sure the doctor’s a good fit for your needs, you can survey the office and chat with staff. “This is the time to inquire about wait times, scheduling for emergency problems, accessibility during and after hours if you have questions, and to find out more about the doctor’s training and medical philosophy,” says Maysel Kemp White, Ph.D., president of the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare. Keep in mind that not all physicians have the time to meet with prospective patients. Others may charge a fee that’s unlikely to be covered by insurance.

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