Give The Office a Checkup
Learn what matters, and what doesn't, in your pediatrician's practice.
- Having the doc's cell number and email: They're not as important as you'd think: You could end up playing phone tag. Plus, getting detailed advice via email may risk your online confidentiality.
- Web presence: Many docs let you make appointments, ask non-urgent questions, and access records online. It's not necessary, but it sure is convenient.
- Extended hours: They could help keep you out of the ER on a Sunday morning. Look for practices that stay open late and offer weekend hours.
- Well and sick waiting rooms: Good, in theory, but patients may flout the rules. Go for a doc who whisks infants into an exam room.