Whether the need to choose a new doctor stems from the changing of employers, health insurance companies, or a recent move this process can definitely be a difficult one. Once we settle in with a doctor we very simply do not want to give up that relationship and finding a new doctor that lives up to our expectations can sometimes feel like not only a difficult but a somewhat impossible task.
When in search of a new physician it's a good idea to speak with those nearest you such as your family, friends, and neighbors. In many instances the best choices will be those based on a referral from someone you already know and trust however, just because a physician comes to you with high recommendations this does not necessarily indicate that they'll in reality be the right fit for you and your family and it is imperative that you not just settle but to find the doctor that's the best fit for your needs.
Of course, some of the criteria that you will want to use to select a new physician is their location, specialty, and of course, their reputation within the community. Many families have actually moved to using a general practitioner for every member of the family instead of using a pediatrician for the younger members of the family very simply for sake of convenience but some still go the traditional route using both a general practitioner and a pediatrician as well.
No matter which way you decide to distribute your family's care it is important to also check with the medical board to make sure that your doctor holds a valid license and does not have any serious complaints of improprieties or malpractice suits pending against them. It is always a good idea to choose a doctor that has a clean slate and a good record for care.
In the end however, much more than any other deciding factor will be the way that you feel about and relate to that specific provider. Ultimately more so than their knowledge, location, or how much they charge per visit it all comes down to whether or not you like and trust the physician that you select and typically within the first few visits you'll know for sure whether you've selected someone that works well for you and your family or not. And if you feel uneasy or uncomfortable at all you might wish to shop around a little further to locate that physician that's the ideal fit for you.