A private medical practice might not have all the staff and equipment an actual hospital has but patients still stand to benefit a lot from patronising a private practice.
While it is true that hospitals have more doctors, medical equipment and nurses than the average private practice, that doesn’t mean there are no benefits you can gain from visiting a doctor’s private practice.
Private practices are usually less crowded than hospitals and you get to enjoy the services of a medical practitioner that can care for you at your convenience. Also, while a private practice might lack the equipment to treat certain major diseases, there’s still a benefit because your personal doctor might have the clout to help you fast track admission to certain treatment at a hospital. Also, hospitals don’t make house calls, but certain private practitioners do.
These are just some of the benefits you stand to gain by taking advantage of the services of a private practice. But as can be expected, all private practices are not equal. Some are better than others and some are WAY better than others. Thus, if you are going to pay extra money to enjoy the services of a private practice, you might as well get treatment from a really good one.
But how can you identify how good a private doctor is?
Checking out reviews concerning the doctor’s practice is a good first step. Do some research to discover how good a private practice is by identifying what current and past patients have to say about the doctor. The more positive reviews you can find about a particular doctor’s private practice the better.
But simply researching reviews isn’t enough. You can also apply the following features to discern the quality of a doctor’s private practice;
One good reason to use the service of a private practice is the convenience of it. Thus, the services of the doctor should be available at your convenience and long waits before getting to see the doctor shouldn’t be something you have to go through without just cause. And even if you have to wait, the comfortability of the doctor’s waiting room should be something that’s comfy enough to make your wait pleasant
The office of the practice should be easily accessible from where you live and the doctor should also be willing to make house calls in case of emergencies. Simply put, the doctor running the private practice you choose should be accessible as at when you need it, if not, you might as well just walk into a regular hospital.
While it might be unfair to expect a private practice to have as much medical equipment as a regular practice, it is not unreasonable to expect a practice to have the bare essentials. Without the minimum required equipment, how can the private practice treat you?
Also, it’s not enough to just own any equipment. According to experts at OrthoSynethics, “… a private medical practice is just as good as its equipment…” Thus, even if the private practice’s equipment lacks quantity, it should have quality. Practices that use old or outdated equipment are not the kind of places you should be seeking treatment.
When you walk into a doctor’s private practice, his/her certifications should be immediately visible on the walls and on the desk. Awards and other signs of professional accomplishment are good indicators of the doctor’s commitment to excellence. But the awards and certifications you see in the office should actually be relevant to medical practice.
You are visiting the doctor to improve your health, not make it worse. Thus, everything about the doctor’s office should be spotless. From the waiting room, to the doctor’s personal office and coat, all should be clean. A doctor who keeps a hygienic environment is likely to be just as careful with the equipment used in his/her line of work and with patients.
If a doctor makes you feel uncomfortable in any way, then that doctor is probably not the right person to be taking care of you. You are opting for a private practice so you can enjoy the benefits of having a doctor to yourself, and this benefit goes out the window if something about the doctor’s character makes you feel doubtful or apprehensive. A good doctor running a private practice will have wonderful bedside manner, possess empathy, be discreet, and be able to reassure you when you need it.
Another aspect of character to look out for is how the doctor treats his/her staff. A doctor who is rude or abrasive with a staff but is polite to you is probably just putting on an act to please you. A private doctor that is genuinely kind-hearted will be best for you in the long run.
With these tips you’ll be on the right track to finding a private doctor that can care for you when you need it without having to go through the rigmarole of visiting a hospital for every little thing.