An endocrinologist is a medical professional who specializes in the glands and hormones and how they affect your metabolism and bodily functions. You may have been working with an endocrinologist for a long time and have built a long-lasting relationship. But what if you have recently been referred to an endocrinologist? It’s easy to check online reviews or simply search out the doctor who is closest in proximity to your home or work, but there are certain things you might want to know to ensure the endocrinologist you are considering is the right one for you. Here are five things to consider when choosing an endocrinologist.
DO THEY HELP PATIENTS WITH YOUR CONDITION?
Why have you been referred to an endocrinologist? Is it because you have diabetes or polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)? Not all endocrinologists specialize in every kind of endocrinological condition, and there are many. Even though an endocrinologist has been referred to you by a friend or you are impressed by reviews, he may not specialize in your condition; be sure to ask and if the answer is no, ask whom they recommend.
DO THEY ACCEPT YOUR INSURANCE PLAN?
Working with an endocrinologist who does not participate in your plan can be very expensive. Be sure to ask if they accept your health insurance or Medicare.
DO YOU FIND THE LOCATION OF THE CLINIC CONVENIENT?
When choosing an endocrinologist, make sure where they are located is a comfortable commute for you. If visiting is such a huge inconvenience on your part, for example, if you have to take a day of leave from work, it is going to affect how often you see that doctor. How about the clinic hours — are they open on weekends or do they have extended hours? Determine if your comfort level marries up with all the information you have collected; in many cases, the commute may be well worth the level of care.
ARE YOU COMPATIBLE WITH THE DOCTOR?
When you visit your perspective endocrinologist, pay attention to the facility or clinic, the staff, and the manner of the doctor. Do you get a positive vibe and is the staff attentive and knowledgeable? When speaking with the doctor, do you like the communication style? Are you being listened to? Is the doctor gentle and compassionate? It’s ok to ask about their treatment philosophy on how they address hormonal disorders. The dialogue should flow both ways.
ENDOCRINOLOGISTS IN WOOSTER, OHIO
Bloomington Endocrinology is a part of Wooster Community Hospital Health System and specializes in helping those with needs are related to the endocrine system, which involves the body’s hormones. To find out how our endocrinology services can help you, call us today at (330) 263-8470. To learn more about our many other medical services, call (330) 263-8144, or request an appointment online.