Whether you’re moving homes, jobs, or you want to try something new, there are three major things to look out for in a new GP. Always do your research, speak to a number of GPs, and keep your medical aid in mind when making this long-term commitment. 1. Geography Always look for GP that is close to your home because few things are worse than getting stuck in traffic for ages when you’re sick and on your way to the doctor. Make a short list of GPs in your area to choose from. 2. Medical Aid Limits Some GPs charge more than others, you should take this into account when choosing a GP.
Most medical aids provide a list of their approved GPs which they are willing to subsidise consultation fees. It is always cheaper to go for your medical aid’s GP network because you’re already paying medical aid so you shouldn’t pay extra. 3. Ask Around Ask your friends, family, and colleagues for suggestions of GPs within your area. Although the doctor-patient relationship is highly individualised and people look for different things in a doctor, getting an opinion of someone you trust can stand you in good stead. Make sure the person you ask has similar expectations in terms of service, price, and bed-side manner to ensure you’ll be satisfied with your choice.
©Diane Moalem for Compare Guru