Office and Staff
Evaluate the office:
Consider location when choosing a pediatrician. If your baby is sick, you won't want to travel far to get to the doctor, so it's a good idea to find one in your community.
Is the waiting area clean, and does it have clean toys and books?
Is there a separate waiting area for sick kids?
Is the staff friendly and helpful?
Do other patients seem to be waiting for a long time?
Finally, ask the staff about:
Does the practice accept your insurance?
Does it accept a variety of plans in case your coverage changes?
Is a payment plan possible if you are not covered?
Which hospital is the doctor affiliated with?
Does your insurance cover services there?
What specialists are on staff?
Is there 24-hour visiting for parents?
If your child has to be admitted, can you stay overnight with him or her?