It is often difficult to reach a doctor for a phone call. They are often busy with other patients and you may end up talking with an office nurse. More and more doctors are responding to patient e-mails. However, doctors do not get compensated for phone calls and e-mails and that is often why they prefer to see you in person. Also, your appearance can tell a good deal about your health status that is not discernable in a phone call or e-mail. Accurate diagnoses are better made in-person than by phone or Internet.
Kenneth R. Sharp, DO
Specialty: Family Medicine
Location and Office HoursKenneth R Sharp DO
525 Iron St Ste B
Lehighton, PA 18235
- BlueCross BlueShield
- Capital Health Plan
- Coventry Health Care
- First Health
- Geisinger Health Plan
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- United Healthcare
- Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital
How can I determine if a doctor will be easy to reach by phone or e-mail?
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What kind of training do family doctors have?
Family doctors are physicians who have been trained in the medical specialty of Family Practice. Their training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness in both children and adults, including obstetrics. Many hospitals, however, do not grant obstetrical privileges (delivering babies) to Family Practitioners as they have sufficient Ob-Gyns to deliver that care.
How can I get referrals for a new doctor?
Most people rely on the recommendations of friends and relatives when trying to find a new doctor. That is a good start but it is still important to check on the doctors training, board certification, hospital appointments and disciplinary history.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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