There are state and federal programs designed to help you find a doctor, but the key is to choose the right physician. During your first visit, there are key questions to consider. When you go to their office, do the other patients … look like you? Are the doctors board certified? Do they get along with the staff? If you get along with them, that person becomes your health coach. Because, remember, the word doctor means teacher, so it's a two-way street. If you come up with the right person, you're on the right path.
Shameka Hunt. McElhaney, MD
Specialty: Family Medicine
Location and Office HoursWellstar Powder Springs Medical Center
Powder Springs, GA 30127
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia
- BlueChoice (BC/BS of GA)
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Coventry Health Care
- Great-West Healthcare CIGNA
- Humana Health Plan
- Kaiser Permanente Health Plans
- TRICARE South/Humana Military Healthcare
- United Healthcare
- Wellstar Cobb Hospital
What should I keep in mind while looking for a doctor?
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
How can I determine if a doctor will be focused on wellness and prevention?
Doctors are increasingly concerned about promoting information on wellness and prevention. However, many doctors are not well-trained in these fields and many doctors may not have the time or interest to provide this information. You, as a patient, however, have every right to expect and demand it.
How can I determine if a doctor will see patients at night or on weekends?
Most physicians will not see patients in their offices or at the patient’s home in the evening or on weekends. Some will, however, and there is a new practice model called Concierge Medicine in which physicians promise greater access for a fee. Typically, if a patient calls a physician after hours, that doctor, or a covering doctor, will respond, discuss symptoms and advise the patient to immediately go to the emergency department at a nearby hospital if it is a critical problem or come in to the doctor’s office the next day if the need is not urgent.
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