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Picking a family doctor is an important decision that should be well thought out. The physician that you choose will be taking care of you and your family’s health needs for many years to come. You want a physician you can feel confident in whenever you have a health issue pop up. Here are some tips to choosing a primary care physician for your family.

1. Determine which doctors are “in-network.”

Before you choosing your family doctor, make sure they accept your insurance. If your insurance only covers “in-network” providers, you want to be sure you won’t be breaking the bank to visit a certain practitioner.

2. Decide if they’re the right fit for your whole family.

One more factor to consider is if a specified doctor is right for your whole family. You may have found a doctor who gives you great advice on managing your knee pain, but are they a great fit for the children too? How’s their bedside manner? You’ll also want to consider how their schedule matches yours. Make sure you ask about hours, willingness to make home calls, and overall availability.

3. Are they board certified?

Board-certified doctors have additional, post-medical school training in particular areas. If you are picking a family doctor, you are going to need somebody who’s board certified in family practice. The meticulous examination process they undergo ensures that they are knowledgeable and capable. Board-certified family doctors are retested every seven years. Knowing that your doctor specializes in the sort of care you want brings a great deal of reassurance.

See How Lakeview Family Medicine Can Help

If you’re in the market for a family doctor, we highly encourage you to check out Lakeview Hospital. Our lead physician, Dr. Kenneth Crump, is board-certified and has many years of experience as a family practitioner. We know you’ll be in good hands.