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Old 02-10-2013, 02:05 PM   #5
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Re: Choosing a primary doctor for DS, help!

Originally Posted by ohgirlohboyohno View Post
I think my biggest issues with kids and dr appointments are with the other staff...the front appointment making ladies and the nurses.

I would think about the things you LOVED in CA and figure out how to sniff that out in the VA offices....and sometimes it takes a couple visits to get a good feel for an office.
Thanks, good idea.
Originally Posted by luvsviola View Post
Around here, the very first question would be "Are you taking new Medicaid patients?" DS is Medicaid and we had difficulty finding a ped that was taking new patients. Originally, the closest one was 30 minutes away. Luckily, I begged and my daughters ped took him on, but everyone I called was more than happy to take him til they found out he was Medicaid, and I was told their docket was full. Even our own ped told us that originally.

Ask about vaxes, if sick kids are seen same day, who covers after hours calls, what hospitals they have privileges at, and how aggressive they are with antibiotics.
Great questions! I haven't even hought baout/looked into antibiotics. I should really do some research on that.
Originally Posted by CASMama711 View Post
What part of VA do you live in?

When we moved back to VA last year, I needed to find an outstanding ped for all of my kids, but especially needed a great one to manage my DS's complex medical needs. I called the closest NICU and asked them where they would refer a family who lives in my area. We LOVE the ped they recommended!
I'm near Harrisonburg.
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