Picking the best healthcare providers for kids can be a challenge, but it’s important that you have cost-effective, quality treatment for your precious darlings that will keep them healthy and happy. So, what do you look for when you’re picking a healthcare provider?
Here’s my guide for parents looking to find healthcare providers for their young families.
1. Check out the reviews
When you do your first informal Google search, check out the reviews to see how positive patients generally are. Often, mediocre clinics don’t have as many reviews, as no one thinks of reviewing a practice that only does a standard job. For more popular establishments, reviews will depict either really good or bad experiences. Some reviewers may be biased, or their opinion clouded by one small detail, so make sure you read through objectively. Look for consistencies in the reviews, because if multiple people have noticed something then it is probably prevalent. Use these reviews to narrow down your search, but make sure you don’t completely rely on them; make your own decisions based off personal experience.
2. Ask for recommendations
Similar to #1, you should ask your fellow mums and dads where they take their kids to get medical treatment. Whatever you’re looking for, they will know the local providers and be able to offer insight into their working practices and skill level. They may also have some invaluable insight that isn’t available online, such as the hidden costs a provider may have, or the flexibility of their cancellation policy. Again, always remember that their opinion may be biased and try to make your own decisions, but use their knowledge to narrow down your shortlist.
3. Look for child-centred clinics
Child or family focused clinics can provide specialist treatment that is tailored around the needs of you and your kids, so try to focus on them if possible. They often have nicer play areas, more child-friendly décor and staff with experience dealing with tantrums, as opposed to other, more general practices that welcome everyone. As a result, they will be ideal for taking snotty toddlers or temperamental teenagers, as they will know exactly how to handle them and will have the facilities and staff to make them feel welcome and relaxed.
4. Focus on quality treatment
Whilst the atmosphere and experience of a practice is important, quality is vital. Be it an optician or a dental laboratory, make sure you focus on the quality of their products so that you can buy your family solutions that will last and make a real difference to their health.
5. Trust your gut
First impressions are important, so when you finally book an appointment make sure that you go with how you feel from the outset. If something doesn’t feel right, or you’re not comfortable, speak up; you’ll regret it if you don’t. Make sure that you go with the healthcare provider, clinic or company that makes you and your child feel the most comfortable, so that you both have an enjoyable experience.