As you age, the proficiency of your doctor becomes more and more vital. You need a caring, experienced physician to guide you through the changes that come throughout your later years. Choosing a senior Medicare health provider is the first step in finding a doctor you will bond with and trust to provide the best care based on your individual needs.
Maybe you just enrolled in a senior Medicare plan and your current doctor doesn’t accept Medicare assignment. Perhaps you have retired and relocated and need to find a medical professional in your area. Maybe you’re simply interested in making a switch because the current office you visit doesn’t make you a priority. There are many reasons that could cause you to look for a new senior Medicare health provider, but no matter the cause, make sure you ask the following questions before selecting your new doctor.
Do They Specialize in Senior Care?
If you find a primary care physician who specializes in senior care, they will be called a geriatrician. This specialty means the doctor has extended their studies and gained an in-depth understanding of the specific issues facing the aging population, specifically adults ages 55 and older.
Geriatricians have the skills and the knowledge to effectively manage all of your health concerns – they’re the primary point of contact. Yes, you may see a cardiologist for your heart and an oncologist if you have cancer, but your primary care doctor should be able to track and manage all of your treatments and prescriptions, and that requires an additional level of training.
Is Doctor-Patient Communication a High Priority?
Your senior Medicare health provider should be centrally focused on forming an open, communicative relationship with you. When they make recommendations, they should clearly write down their instructions for you to follow. They should take the extra time needed to fully explain an issue or answer your questions on a topic. As you age, clear communication becomes even more important, not just for you, but for any family members that may need to speak to your doctor on your behalf.
Is the Office Accessible?
On the practical side, can you easily get to your new doctor’s office? If you don’t drive, does public transportation have a stop near the address? Does the office complete all of your lab work on site or will you have to travel to another location for blood work? Convenience may not matter as much to younger adults, but for seniors, proximity to home will eventually become extremely important if it isn’t already.
Do They Accept Medicare?
Of course, the final question to answer is whether or not the practice you are interested in accepts Medicare assignment. You should verify that your appointments will be covered by your senior Medicare plan before you schedule a visit.
Are you enrolled in a senior Medicare plan? Do you have questions on how to enroll? Whether you want to customize your coverage or find out how to sign up, you can call My Senior Health Plan’s team of on-call insurance specialists and get informative answers right now.