By Stericycle Staff | Feb. 12, 2016
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, single and attached people alike have relationships on their minds. They may be reflecting on how they found “the one” – or contemplating their continued search for a soulmate.
In many ways, the hunt for a healthcare provider is a lot like this pursuit of the perfect romantic match. It’s important to find someone who shares your values – and that can take a lot of research over a lengthy period of time. In healthcare decisions, this process is even more complex. Patients need to consider not only the physician, but also the service providers and outside vendors he or she does business with. Even when you think you’ve found the right provider, you may end up re-evaluating and have to start all over again.
As with other relationships, most patients consider certain qualities to be “must-haves” when committing to a healthcare provider. But there are typically traits they absolutely can’t tolerate as well. Some common healthcare related “deal breakers” include issues with technology, availability, and communication skills. Just as they would begin to evaluate important factors on a first date, patients should start looking for red flags from their first appointment.
Determining deal breakers ahead of time can help patients evaluate physicians and other professionals before they get too deep in the process.
Read more about how patients can find the right provider here.