When obtaining health insurance for your small business, discuss with your employees the importance of maintaining a strong rapport and relationship with their primary care provider or physician. Indeed, the patient-doctor connection can be as important as an employee’s access to benefits. Why? Overall, a strong doctor-patient bond equates to better overall healthcare for your employees.


Important Criteria to Finding the Right Primary Care Provider

Spend a little time finding the right physician. The obvious first qualifications are to first make sure the physician being considered is actually covered by the plan and second that he or she is open to accepting new patients.

Once these factors are established, you must also determine if the physician will be able to meet the individual patient’s needs. For instance, if you have any unique conditions make sure the doctor possesses experience in treating or specializing the conditions that affect you.

Health Insurance for Small Business: Doctor Relationships Prove Vital

Also, consider the hours and days of the week they’re available to make sure it accommodates your schedule.  Lastly, it never hurts to check the average waiting time for an appointment with a prospective physician.

Once you’ve chosen your primary care provider, it’s time to work on establishing a strong relationship. Approach it with the mindset of establishing a long-term relationship. According to research, 76 percent of all doctors concur that this is the most important thing patients can do in order to receive better care. There are a number of ways that this can be accomplished.


Convey Complete Medical History

For a physician to be able to treat any patient effectively, it’s best for them to know the patient’s entire medical history. The patient must allow the doctor complete access to all of their medical records. This way, the doctor can determine if a patient is suffering from a chronic condition and if they require a change in medication or course of treatment.

Providing them with the patient’s family health records helps as well. As you may know, a number of illnesses can be linked to family genetics. Hence, a physician can more accurately determine if a patient stands at risk of developing a certain disease and then recommend treatments or changes in habits to dodge such disease.


Be Careful with Online Research

These days, a lot of information can be easily accessed online with regard to illnesses and other conditions. A hazard exists when the layman suffering a condition uses information from an unsubstantiated or unqualified internet source. In fact, nearly half of doctors surveyed in one study noted that online research offers very little help if any at all. That’s why patients are urged to listen to what their physicians say first, before seeking any other sources about their condition(s).

An open, honest, and courteous relationship with a primary care physician begins the path to an employee’s long-term health and paves the employer’s route to keeping employees happy and productive.


Sources
Why Keeping a Good Relationship With Your Doctor Is Key, nextavenue.org
Why developing trust with your doctor is important, kevinmd.com
HOW TO BUILD A STRONG RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR DOCTOR, patientsplaybook.com