that you are ready to select a personal physician for you or your
family, there are several points you may want to consider:
Is it a solo or group practice? There are
advantages and disadvantages to both. At a group practice you
may see different physicians and have an easier time scheduling
appointments. A solo practitioner will treat you on every visit
but might have another physician see you on weekends or in an
Is the office convenient to your home or workplace?
Since Main Line HealthCare doctors are located up and down the
Main Line and in the far western suburbs, finding one near your
home or workplace shouldn't be a problem.
Is it close to public transportation? If you
commute daily and don't have access to a car, an office that is
reachable by bus or train might be your best bet.
Does the office have evening or weekend hours?
If you find it difficult to make it to your doctor during the
day because of work or other commitments, then evening hours
should be a prerequisite. Many of our offices have evening hours
at least one night a week.
In which insurance plans does the physician participate?
Making sure the doctor participates in your insurance plan will
help to avoid any confusion.
Which services are covered by your insurance?
Be sure you understand your insurance coverage. What coverage is
provided for preventive care? For physical exams? For vaccines?
What co-pays or deductibles apply?
With which hospitals is the doctor affiliated?
If you are referred to a specialist or are in need of any
hospital-based procedures, you need to know where your physician
will send you. All Main Line Health primary care physicians are
affiliated with some of the very best hospitals in the Main Line
area: Bryn Mawr, Bryn Mawr Rehab, Lankenau, Riddle,
and Paoli Hospitals. This means patients have access
to highly regarded specialists, modern facilities, cutting-edge
technology and a full range of outpatient and home care
Once you've narrowed down the field, you should set up an appointment to
sit down and talk one-on-one to the physician for an initial evaluation.
Don't wait until someone in the family is sick; do it right away. Bring
your written questions and feel free to ask them. What it comes down to,
finally, is whether you and the doctor have the right chemistry. You
want someone in whom you can trust and confide and someone who has the
patience and the time to explain a complicated situation simply and
clearly, to make it understandable.
Choosing a doctor is a very important decision. Take your time and find
the one that's right for you. To learn more about any physician in the
Main Line Health System, visit our Physician
Directory or dial 1-866-CALL-MLH. That's
Main Line HealthCare
Main Line HealthCare is a dynamic network of multi-specialty physician
practices located in the suburbs of Philadelphia and affiliated with
Main Line Health.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.