Interview Questions to Ask a Pediatrician
Once you've narrowed down your list of potential pediatricians, you'll want to set up face-to-face interviews with these doctors to ensure compatibility and for a chance to get answers to your questions.
As you set up the interviews, find out if the doctor is accepting new patients and if they accept your insurance carrier. Also, keep in mind that some doctors may charge for an interview. Check with your insurance company ahead of time to see if they will cover the visit if this is the case.
The following are some questions you may want to ask a prospective pediatrician:
About the Doctor
- How long have you been in practice?
- Do you have any additional interests or specialties (beyond pediatric care)?
- What are your views on the following topics:
- Other Issues
About the Practice
- Is the practice a solo or a group one?
- Who will cover for the doctor if it's a solo practice when he/she is not available?
- Who covers for the doctor is he/she is not on call in the group practice?
- If my child is sick, what are the chances that I will get to see my preferred doctor versus another doctor in the practice?
- What are the office hours? Are there evening and weekend hours available?
- What happens if you have an emergency outside of office hours?
- Are there separate waiting rooms for sick babies and well babies?
- What hospital(s) is the doctor/practice affiliated with?
- How are general, non-emergency phone calls handled? Is there a nurse line to answer questions? Do the nurses or the doctor dispense the advice?
- Can I email the doctor with questions?
- Is there a website available for the practice?
- What are the policies regarding billing, payments and insurance claims?
- Does the doctor have experience working with twins or with babies who have development issues related to prematurity?
- Does the doctor support breastfeeding twins?
- Will he/she see the twins for well baby visits at the same time? Is there enough room in the examination room for the doctor to see two children at once?
- Can you maneuver a double stroller comfortably in the doctor's office/facility?
- How will they work with other doctors and/or specialists if your twins are premature or are born with special needs?
- What is your doctor's general attitude about twins? Do they make an extra effort to treat your children as individuals?