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Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Pediatrician

Are you in the process of choosing a pediatrician? Whether you have a newborn for whom you’re seeking care for the first time, you’re moving to our area, or you’re switching pediatricians, this is an important decision. You want to make sure you find someone who will provide the very best child preventive care, as well as someone whose philosophy is compatible with yours. 


How To Find the Best Pediatrician For Your Baby

The only way to find out everything you want and need to know is to ask questions. Here are some of the best questions to ask your pediatrician. 

Q: How long have you been practicing? This is a good question to ask because experience matters. An experienced pediatrician will be well-versed in childhood diseases, developmental disorders, and vaccinations. There’s no reason to be untrusting of new doctors, but they usually gain experience working alongside more experienced doctors before opening their own practice. Each of our pediatricians has been in practice at least 19 years.

Q: Do you have experience caring for children with special needs? As board-certified pediatricians, each of our physicians have  experience caring for children with special healthcare needs, including developmental delays, autism, extreme prematurity, and other serious medical conditions. Our office frequently communicates with the pediatric subspecialists at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Nemours duPont Hospital for Children to coordinate care for all patients, but especially for those with special needs. 

Q: Which hospital are you affiliated with? If you have a preferred hospital in the city where you live, it can be helpful if your pediatrician has an affiliation with that hospital. One of our physicians rounds daily at Virtua Voorhees Hospital to see newborns planning to join our practice. We also stay in close touch with the physicians at CHOP and duPont when they care for our patients. 

Q: What are your hours? Are you open at nights and on the weekends? Look for a pediatrician who has flexible hours so that if your child gets sick in the evening or over the weekend, you can see your pediatrician rather than visiting an urgent care facility. Our office is open 7 days a week, as well as each weeknight. In addition, one of our physicians is on call 24 hours per day for emergencies. 

Q: What’s your walk-in policy? Many pediatric offices have specified walk-in hours, where you can be seen without an appointment.  At our offices, walk-in visits are available between 8:30-9:00 am each weekday.  

Q: What do I do in case of an emergency? Ask about the pediatrician’s emergency policy. Are you able to speak with an on-call physician or nurse after hours? At our office, there is a nurse or doctor available 24 hrs per day. They can help you decide the best course of action, whether it’s OK to manage this at home, help you make an appointment at Advocare’s pediatric urgent care, or refer you to an appropriate emergency Department.

Q: What insurance do you accept? Be specific about your insurance questions. You can ask if the pediatrician accepts your insurance plan and if they are “in-network”. The list of insurances we accept is frequently updated, but please call the office to confirm. 

Q: Is this a solo or group practice? Some doctor’s offices have just one pediatrician along with other support staff. Other practices have several pediatricians. Ask them how many doctors work in the practice and whether you can choose which provider you see when you come for visits.At Advocare Haddon Pediatric Group, we have five pediatricians and three full-time pediatric nurse practitioners. Well visits can always be scheduled with the provider you choose. As sick visits are often made on very short notice, we do our best to accommodate your requests.

Advocare Haddon Pediatric Group Welcomes Interviews

At Advocare Haddon Pediatric Group we understand that choosing a pediatrician is an important decision that no one should take lightly, which is why we welcome interviews with parents and children. We have decades of experience, specializations, flexible hours, and we accept a long list of insurance plans among other positive qualities. 

Call (856) 294-5600 to schedule a consultation at our Mullica Hill office, or (856) 547-7300 for our Haddon Heights office. You can also contact us to request an appointment. We are more than happy to answer all of your questions and look forward to becoming your chosen pediatrician.

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