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Interview The Doctor 101


Doctors do accept appointments to be interviewed by prospective patients.

When you call for the appointment, let the person who schedules appointments know you want to consider becoming a new patient and would like to interview the doctor. Ask if the doctor charges for the interview.

While we wish we could say that the doctor will give you an interview session for free, the odds are you will be charged for the interview (or it will be covered under your managed care plan.) If you will be charged, you may as well be examined at the same time.  If the doctor charges, also consider getting a physical examination in addition to the interview process. The price is likely to be the same.

If you health insurance, it may not cover the cost of an interview. However, it may cover the appointment if there is a physical exam. Insurance will generally pay if there is a diganosis. (If you decide to have an exam in addition to an interview, read How To Work Most Effectively With Your Doctor, to make the most of your time together.)

For a suggested list of questions to ask the doctor, see Questions To Ask A Primary Care Doctor.

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